Light of Truth – Episode 06

This week in “The Light of Truth”, the weekly Dominican Radio program on Radio Maria Ireland, Fr. David Barrins OP and Fr. Luuk Jansen OP discuss the topic of “Faith and Science”.

The perception these days seems often that Faith and Sciecne are opposed to each other. However, a more carefull investigation into the fact actually shows the opposite, that Faith and Science complement each other. Science is not against Faith, but actually supports and confirms it. In this and the following episode Fr. David and Fr. Luuk will discuss some topics closely related to this like the “Big Bang theory”, “Evolution” or the “Complexity of Life”.

Please listen to the recording of this weeks episode.

 

Light of Truth – Episode 05

This is the fifth episode of the Dominican radio program ‘Light of Truth’, recorded and broadcasted by Radio Maria Ireland.

In this episde Fr. Luuk Jansen OP gvies his own personal testimony of how he changed from being an unbaptised agnostic to a priest in the Dominican Order. This journey is very much initiated by scientific research and this episode will be followed by two episodes looking specifically at faith and science.

 

Light of Truth – Episode 04

This is the 4th episode of the Dominican radio program ‘Light of Truth’, recorded and broadcasted by Radio Maria Ireland.

In this episde Fr. Brian Doyle OP and Fr. Luuk Jansen OP continue the discusion about what we can know about God. Last week we finished by talking about the need for revelation and this week we look a little more into what we can know about God and how.

Light of Truth – Episode 03

This third episode of the Dominican radio program ‘Light of Truth’, recorded and broadcasted by Radio Maria Ireland. This program continues on the topic of Faith and moves toward the way God reveals Himself to us and invitates us to communion with Himself.

In this third episode it is Fr. John Harris OP who joins Fr. Luuk Jansen OP in the studio to continue the conversation.

Light of Truth – Episode 02

This second episode of the Dominican radio program ‘Light of Truth’, recorded and broadcasted by Radio Maria Ireland, focusses on Faith.

What is faith, what difference does faith make in our lives?

In this second episode Br. Jesse Maingot OP and Fr. Luuk Jansen OP will tease out some of the questions on our knowledge of God through faith.

Light of Truth – Episode 01

This is first episode of the Dominican radio program ‘Light of Truth’, recorded and broadcasted by Radio Maria Ireland. In this program we will look at the connection between our Catholic Faith and our daily lives.

In this first episode Fr. David Barrins OP and Fr. Luuk Jansen OP will start with a base by looking at society and the thirst of the human heart for God.

Contemplation, Learning and the University in Aquinas

On the occasion of the Jubilee 800, and on the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, there was a ‘Jubilee Aquinas Lecture’.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Rik Van Nieuwenove, Lecturer in Theology at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick.

The lecture, entitled “Contemplation, Learning and the University in Aquinas”, was followed by the celebration of Solemn Vespers in the church with the community of St. Saviour’s.

Please find below the audio recording of the lecture. Photo’s and a short video capturing the event will follow later.

Symposium: Dante’s Ulysses

Last month’s Symposium in Saint Saviour’s Priory in Dublin was given by Prof Corinna Salvadori Lonergan, Professor Emeritus of Italian at Trinity College Dublin. Her truly memorable lecture was entitled ‘Dante’s Ulysses: ‘Beyond the utmost bounds of human thought’. The text of the relevant portion of the Inferno is given below (in Italian and English translation) along with some pictures to which Prof Salvadori Lonergan refers in her talk.

 

[audio http://dominicansinteractive.idoms.org/media/16644/audio.mp3]

 

«O voi che siete due dentro ad un foco,
s’io meritai di voi mentre ch’io vissi,
s’io meritai di voi assai o poco

quando nel mondo li alti versi scrissi,Picture4
non vi movete; ma l’un di voi dica
dove, per lui, perduto a morir gissi».

Lo maggior corno de la fiamma antica
cominciò a crollarsi mormorando,
pur come quella cui vento affatica;

indi la cima qua e là menando,
come fosse la lingua che parlasse,
gittò voce di fuori e disse: «Quando

mi diparti’ da Circe, che sottrasse
me più d’un anno là presso a Gaeta,
prima che sì Enëa la nomasse,

né dolcezza di figlio, né la pieta
del vecchio padre, né ‘l debito amore
lo qual dovea Penelopè far lieta,

vincer potero dentro a me l’ardore
ch’i’ ebbi a divenir del mondo esperto
e de li vizi umani e del valore;

ma misi me per l’alto mare aperto
sol con un legno e con quella compagna
picciola da la qual non fui diserto.

L’un lito e l’altro vidi infin la Spagna,
fin nel Morrocco, e l’isola d’i Sardi,
e l’altre che quel mare intorno bagna.

Io e ‘ compagni eravam vecchi e tardi
quando venimmo a quella foce stretta
dov’ Ercule segnò li suoi riguardi

acciò che l’uom più oltre non si metta;
da la man destra mi lasciai Sibilia,
da l’altra già m’avea lasciata Setta.

“O frati”, dissi, “che per cento milia
perigli siete giunti a l’occidente,
a questa tanto picciola vigilia

d’i nostri sensi ch’è del rimanente
non vogliate negar l’esperïenza,
di retro al sol, del mondo sanza gente.

Considerate la vostra semenza:
fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza”.

Li miei compagni fec’ io sì aguti,
con questa orazion picciola, al cammino,
che a pena poscia li avrei ritenuti;

e volta nostra poppa nel mattino,
de’ remi facemmo ali al folle volo,
sempre acquistando dal lato mancino.

Tutte le stelle già de l’altro polo
vedea la notte, e ‘l nostro tanto basso,
che non surgëa fuor del marin suolo.

Cinque volte racceso e tante cassoPicture2
lo lume era di sotto da la luna,
poi che ‘ntrati eravam ne l’alto passo,

quando n’apparve una montagna, bruna
per la distanza, e parvemi alta tanto
quanto veduta non avëa alcuna.

Noi ci allegrammo, e tosto tornò in pianto;
ché de la nova terra un turbo nacque
e percosse del legno il primo canto.

Tre volte il fé girar con tutte l’acque;
a la quarta levar la poppa in suso
e la prora ire in giù, com’ altrui piacque,

infin che ‘l mar fu sovra noi richiuso».

Inferno 26.79-142

 

“O you who dwell together in one flame,
if I deserved your honor while I lived,
if I deserved but little or a lot

when in the world I wrote my lofty verse,
do not depart; let one of you now tell
where he, being lost, proceeded to his death.”

The greater horn atop the ancient flame
began to shake itself and start to murmur,
like a flame that’s wearied by the wind.

Then waving back and forth its very tip,
as if it were the tongue of fire that spoke
it flung a sound outside and uttered: “When

I took my leave of Circe, who detained
me near Gaeta longer than a year,
before Aeneas gave that name to it,

not fondness for a son, nor duty to
an aging father, nor the love I owed
Penelope that would have made her glad,

could overcome the zeal that I possessed
to gain experience of the world and learn
about the vices and the worth of man.

So I set forth upon the open sea
with just a single ship and with that little
crew of men who had not left my side.

I saw the shores on either side as far
as Spain and as Morocco, and the isle
Sardinia, and others that the sea embraces.

I and my shipmates had grown old and slow
by the time we came upon the narrow strait
where Hercules marked off the boundary

to designate that none should pass beyond.
Upon my right I left behind Seville,
already on my left I’d passed Ceuta.

‘O brothers,” I said, ‘you who have experienced
a hundred thousand perils and now have reachedPicture3
the west, to such a brief duration of

the senses as remains for us to have,
do not refuse to gain experience
of lands beyond the sun where no one lives.

Consider well your seed and origin:
You were not made to live the life of brutes,
but to seek after knowledge and the good.’

I made my shipmates with my little speech
so passionate to undertake the journey
that I scarcely could have held them back.

And having turned our rear end toward the sun,
we used our oars as wings for the mad flight,
gaining always on the left-hand side.

Now night was showing all the stars that fill
the other pole, and ours was sunk so low
it did not rise above the ocean floor.

Five times the light upon the lower half
of the moon was kindled and was spent
since we had voyaged out upon the deep,

when there  before us rose a mountain, dim
because it was remote, that seemed so high
that I had never seen another higher.

We then rejoiced, but soon joy turned to grief
for from the new land rose a whirlwind
that struck our ship upon its foremost flank.

Three times it spun her round with all the waves,
and on the fourth it raised the stern up high
and made the bow descend, as pleased Another,

 

until the ocean closed itself on us.

 

– tr. Richard Lansing

 

 

Novena for Life – Bro. Matthew Martinez OP

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our eight week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church (Dominick Str. Dublin 1) given by Bro. Matthew Martinez OP.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!

Novena for Life – Bro. Luuk Jansen OP

Please listen to the recording of the reflection given at our seventh week of the Novena for Life, here in St. Saviour’s Church (Dominick Str. Dublin 1) given by Bro. Luuk Dominiek Jansen OP.

This Novena will continue for 9 Fridays from 8-9 pm until the 22nd of March. Please join us in prayer during this crucial time in Ireland, in order that life remains protected from conception to natural death!