Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Vocation Discernment Weekends

Monastic Contemplative Life
 “Anyone who has discovered
Christ must lead others to Him. 
A great joy cannot be kept to oneself.
It has to be passed on.”
(Pope Benedict XVI –
World Youth Day at Cologne, August, 2005)

Discernment Weekends:
29th – 31st May &
19th – 21st June, 2015

Dominican Contemplative Nuns
- welcome young women to our retreat house and offer the opportunity to experience our life of Prayer –
·        Pray with us as we celebrate the Eucharist & Divine Office
·        In Silence adore the Lord with us in the Blessed Sacrament
Meet and chat with young Sisters
who have been where you are

(Early booking important as places are limited)
Contact:  Sr Niamh OP
Monastery of St Catherine of Siena
The Twenties,  Drogheda,  Co. Louth.
Tel: 041 9838524.  Email: siena3@eircom.net

Please feel free to download and print our poster, click here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Praying for the Protection of Marriage


Some of our readers might be interested in this link regarding information on the forthcoming referendum and also join in the special novena for the protection of the family in Ireland - it is suggested that those making the novena recite the following prayer

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Holy Family of Nazareth,

we bless and venerate you.

We commend to your care and protection

the cause of marriage and family life.

May the peace which reigned in your home

take possession of all hearts and abide in all families.

Confirm all men and women in the truth

so we may recognise what is good and right

and reject all that hinders life

and the true flourishing of humanity.

Guide the hearts of all citizens

that we may witness to the truth

in forming the laws governing our society.


Bless those who work for the protection

of marriage, family and life.

O Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Holy Family of Nazareth,

We entrust our hearts and our lives to you.


6th. Sunday of Easter

A line from the Alleluia verse of last Sunday's Mass held my attention all week. "LET ME LIVE IN YOU says the Lord" and then while still pondering on these words, to-day’s first Reading had an answering cry, stark and clear   "COULD ANYONE REFUSE"  Jesus the Divine Beggar pleading with you and with me -"let me live in you." 

Can we refuse Him?  In Mary we have a perfect example of one who when the Angel Gabriel came to her with a wondrous message from God, which at first greatly troubled her, asked: "How can this be done?" and on receiving an explanation simply said "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your Word."   (Lk.1)   In the Old testament we hear  Abraham,  Moses  and the prophet Isaiah replying in similar fashion when God seems to be making impossible demands "here I am Lord  send me."   Jesus  also, frequently  asked his followers in various ways "let me live in you."  Remember his talk with the Samaritan woman  "give me a drink" (Jn.4.7) and later in the Apocalypse makes a similar request: "behold I stand at  the door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens to me I will come to him and eat with him and he with me."  And again in Mt11 Jesus pleads with us to shoulder his yoke and learn from him of the wonder and joy and peace of total surrender to his will for each of us.  There are many other moments when Jesus pleads with us, and never more eloquently than when he is hanging on the Cross arms outstretched, struggling to find a breath to whisper "I THIRST" - Can anyone refuse ---even the hardened Roman centurion  does not hesitate to hold a drink to Jesus’ parched  lips.  We know the reply Dan Shutte made in his song Here I am Lord,  is it I Lord?  I have heard you calling in the night - I will go Lord if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart"

And so to-day we can make the prayer of an English Dominican Bede Jarrett our own:

May He that is our Teacher, our Friend, our Lover, do His work with us in His own blessed way. May He teach us obedience through what He suffered - He that is our Friend may He help us to go the way He would have us go because we are His friends! May He that is our Lover burn us and cleanse us with the flames of His love, for we are poor and small in our souls, yet we wish to be more than that, He will help us but don't cry out at the way He deals with you. If you love, you must trust, and if you trust all is well. Lifting us, teaching us, helping us, loving us, may He still for all our failure look for beauty in the heart of pain. His final request "WAIT HERE AND KEEP AWAKE WITH ME"

Father if it is possible let this cup pass. Nevertheless let it be as you, not I would have it.

Behold the handmaid of the lord be it done to me according to your Word.


Friday, May 8, 2015

Special Novena to pray for protection of family life

We invite all our readers to join us in praying for the protection of family life and for the light and guidance of the Holy Spirit for all our Irish people in the forthcoming referendum when we are asked to vote to radically change  the definition of marriage in the Irish Constitution - which will have far reaching effects on Irish society in the future. 
13th–22nd May 2015 (incl)
  Rosary after Vespers each day
On Fridays 15th & 22nd during Holy Hour (7.30– 8.30)

If you cannot join us in our chapel you can join with us in Spirit by praying the rosary or any other prayer for this intention.