Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Thomas Aquinas – Part 2

During the Wednesday General Audience of the 16th of June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI continued his exposition on Saint Thomas Aquinas O.P.

The Pope talked about the link between philosophy and theology. Please find the text from the Vatican below:


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Pope Benedict XVI on Saint Thomas Aquinas – Part 1


During the Wednesday General Audience of the 2nd of June 2010, Pope Benedict XVI started his exposition on Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Please find the text from the Vatican below:


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Bishop Anthony Fisher OP on the Dominican Priesthood

The Irish Province of the Dominicans celebrated a day on the Dominican Priesthood to mark the close the year of the priests.

On the occasion Bishop Anthony Fisher OP and Father Paul Murray OP both presented a paper on “the Priesthood in the Dominican Order“. Please read on for the full text of the paper.

For a recording of the talk of Fr. Murray OP, please click here.

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Feast of Corpus Christi

In countries where the great feast of Corpus Christi is moved to the Sunday, as in Ireland, the Gospel is taken from Luke 9:11-17.

The first line that struck me is “Send the crowd away […] for we are here in a lonely place” (Luk 9:12 RSV). It is not because it is specifically striking on itself, but because it is often used in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke when Jesus is going to a place to be alone with God. Strictly speaking the word (ἔρημος) means ‘dessert place’ or ‘uninhabited place’, and it is clear that it is not a ‘lonely place’ in the strict sense as “there were about five thousand men”  (Luk 9:14 RSV).

But as it unfolds it might maybe not be a silent place Jesus often went to in order to pray to the Father, it became defiantly a place of an intimate encounter with God. It is an ‘ordinary’ encounter, as it is an ordinary setting and it involves basic human needs as bread and fish. But it it is also an extraordinary encounter, both because Jesus miraculously multiplies the five loaves and two fish, apparently without anybody being initially consciously aware of it, but also because it foreshadows the extraordinary encounter being made available to us by the Holy Eucharist.

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Jesus taking a firm stand

This weeks Gospel is from Mark 10:2-16. On reading it, it seems a difficult gospel to comment on, and as I don’t have time to write a reflection tomorrow I will leave it short.


As so often, the “Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” (Mar 10:2 RSV). Divorce is, or at least can be off-course, a very sensitive issue. It is very easy to take a hard-line on the matter but because marriage is something that is so the core of somebodies live, it can turn somebodies life completely upside down when difficulties arise. So I will continue with caution, I guess writing to the multitude and not at specific individual cases, as I do belief it is very important that the multitude understands the sacredness of marriage, and through deeper reflection might come to a deeper experience and depth of its truth.

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The life of virtue

This Sundays Gospel reading is from Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48.

What jumped out at me straight away when reading this Gospel this morning was the the beginning of the passage:

John said to him, “Teacher, we saw a man casting out demons in your name, and we forbade him, because he was not following us.” (Mar 9:38 RSV)

It was not necessary a pleasant experience… it was not because I thought John did it because he thought the man did something evil, something wrong and wanted to stop him for that reason. No, it was because I felt that it might be a challenge to me on the address of jealousy. Not in John’s reaction, as we don’t know why he tried to stop the man, but in my own encounter with the Word of God. 

For he was teaching his disciples (Mar 9:31 RSV)

It seems that all is getting back to normal… the last two weeks have been a pleasant mix of reflection and proclamation, of quietness and busyness, but I am glad that next week we will resume into the “more normal” life with the start of college and more regular community life…


However it really was a week to remember and indeed not easy to forget. In the beginning of the week I posted the short video account of the two professions last Sunday, and I just finished the account of the reception of the habits


But as I said, I am trying to get back to normal, so a short reflection on the Gospel of this week, from the Gospel of Mark 9:30-37. Reading it this morning, two things struck me, one regarding the first part of the reading, the second regarding the second part.

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