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In this month of Our Lady, pray the Rosary

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THE Order of Preachers has a particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin and rejoices in her protection as patroness of the Order.  As October is a month traditionally devoted to the Holy Rosary and Our Lady, it seems an appropriate time to reflect upon her significance for us as Dominicans. It would be hard for any objective observer to doubt ... Read More »

What I’ve learned in choir practice

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THE Order of Preachers places a heavy emphasis, not only on private prayer and contemplation, but also on official, public liturgical prayer, as the above quote from the Constitutions of the order indicates.  Given this emphasis, choir practice has comprised a not insignificant part of these first few months of our novitiate. Learning the various tones to which the Psalms ... Read More »

Why I am praying in Hong Kong for 12 months

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“BUT what will you do there?’ It is a question I had to answer on an almost daily basis in the weeks before leaving for my novitiate. I can’t tell you how tempting it was to reply: “nothing”. Of course, I did not thereby wish to imply that our novitiate was to consist of us simply sitting on the edge ... Read More »

What St Augustine meant when he wrote about religious common life

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“The chief motivation for your sharing life together is to live harmoniously in the house and to have one heart and soul seeking God.” THAT excerpt from the Rule of St Augustine – chosen by St Dominic as the rule for the Order of Preachers in 1216 – is without a doubt one of the most poetically beautiful expressions of ... Read More »

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