Light of Truth – 90

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP looks at part of chapter 6 of the Gospel according to St. John.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

Sidewalk Prophets – To live is Christ
What a Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
Chris Tomlin – God Of This City.

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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Gospel Reflections – Pentecost

The great Solemnity of Pentecost.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Human pride and egoism always create divisions, build walls of indifference, hate and violence. The Holy Spirit, on the other hand, makes hearts capable of understanding the languages of all, as he re-establishes the bridge of authentic communion between earth and heaven. The Holy Spirit is Love”.

Gospel Reflections – the Ascension

The great Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis tells us that, “the Ascension of Jesus into heaven acquaints us with this deeply consoling reality on our journey that in Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. Jesus is the one eternal High Priest who with his Passion passed through death and the tomb and ascended into heaven. He is with God the Father where he intercedes for ever in our favour (cf. Heb 9:24).”

Light of Truth – 89

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP reflects on the start of the Act of Apostles and the development of the early church.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

How He Loves – David Crowder Band
Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
Holy Spirit – Fransesca Battiselli

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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Light of Truth – 88

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP reflects on events just after the resurrection.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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Light of Truth – 87

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP reflects on Holy Week, from Palm Sunday to Good Friday.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was:

Rend Collective – My Lighthouse
Matt Maher – Lord I need you
Matt Redman – 10000 Reasons

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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Light of Truth – 86

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP reflects on Palm Sunday and Triumphant entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

Is he worthy? Chris Tomlin
Grace Got You. MercyMe
Only Jesus. Casting Crowns

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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‘Late Have I Loved You’: An Introduction to St Augustine’s Confessions

 

Structure of talk

  1. Introduction
  2. Augustine’s life (up to conversion)
  3. Augustine and our post-Christian contemporaries
  4. The Confessions: style, structure, content
  5. Augustine’s conversion (Confessions V-IX)
  6. Questions for discussion
  7. Conclusion

Quotations

  1. You are great, Lord, and highly to be praised (Ps 47:2), great is your power and your wisdom is immeasurable (Ps 146:5). Man, a little piece of your creation, desires to praise you, a human being bearing his mortality with him (2 Cor 4:10), carrying with him the witness of his sin and the witness that you resist the proud (1 Pet 5:5). Nevertheless, to praise you is the desire of man, a little piece of your creation. You stir man to take pleasure in praising you, because you have made us for yourself, and our heart is restless until it rests in you (Confessions I.i.1).
  2. People are moved to wonder by mountain peaks, by vast waves of the sea, by broad waterfalls on rivers, by the all-embracing extent of the ocean, by the revolutions of the stars But they are uninterested in themselves (Confessions X.viii.15).
  3. Late have I loved you, beauty so old and so new: late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if they did not have their existence in you, they had no existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours (Confessions X.xxvii.38).
  4. I was led to Ambrose by you, unaware that through him I might be led to you. That man of God received me like a father and expressed pleasure at my coming with a kindness most fitting in a bishop. I began to like him, at first indeed not as a teacher of the truth, for I had absolutely no confidence in your Church, but as a human being who was kind to me (Confessions V.xiii.23).
  5. It is one thing to catch a glimpse from a wooded summit of the homeland of peace and not to find the way to it, but vainly to attempt the journey along an impracticable route surrounded by the ambushes and assaults of fugitive deserters with their chief, the lion and the dragon (Ps 90:13). It is another thing to hold on to the way that leads there, defended by the protection of the heavenly emperor (Confessions VII.xxi.27).
  6. Let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires (Romans 13:13-14).
  7. I neither wished nor needed to read further. At once, with the last words of this sentence, it was as if a light of relief from all anxiety flooded into my heart. All the shadows of doubt were dispelled (Confessions VIII.xii.29).

Further study

Augustine, Confessions, tr. H. Chadwick, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991

Prof Paul Freedman, ‘The Confessions of Augustine’, YaleCourses YouTube channel

Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ (In Our Time), BBC Podcasts YouTube channel

Brown, P., Augustine of Hippo: A Biography (2nd edition), Berkeley, University of California Press, 2000

Lane Fox, R., Augustine: Conversions and Confessions, London, Penguin, 2015

Augnet (very useable online resource on St Augustine): augnet.org/en/life-of-augustine/

Light of Truth – 85

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP looks at the parable of the Prodigal Son found the the Gospel according to Luke.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm GMT each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

Reckless love – Cory Asbury
Chris Tomlin – Good Good Father
Same Power – Jeremy Camp

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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Light of Truth – 84

This week in the Light of Truth Fr. Luuk OP continues the reading and reflecting on the Gospel according to John, Chapter 3.

The program is broadcasted live on Radio Maria Ireland from 4-5pm each Thursday. The Podcast follows but generally with a small delay. The music played on the live show was: Songs:

Lord I need you – Chris Tomlin
Love fitting me – Tesla Layton
Write you stay – Francesca Battistelli

Please send any comments or any question to lightoftruth@dominicans.ie and we will take them into account in the programs to come. The programs can also be listed to in the Podcast App on an iPhone or iPad when searching for the channel of “Dominicans Interactive”.

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