By Sr Ann Catherine Swailes o.p .Address given at the Fisher Mass 2018
Why are we here this afternoon? Another way of framing that question would be to borrow words from our first reading and ask, with the seer of the apocalypse, who are these, clothed in white robes, and whence have they come? When we speak of St John Fisher as a member of that white robed army of martyrs, what kind of a claim are we making for him, and what can it possibly have to do with us? What, in other words, is martyrdom, and why should we care about it? Is there even any sense we can possibly make, on this sunny Bank holiday afternoon in Cambridge, of the notion that martyrdom might be our vocation? After all, there must have been sunny spring time afternoons in the Cambridge career of St John Fisher when this would have seemed as unthinkable as perhaps it does to us.
By Sr Tamsin Mary Geach o.p.
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On Monday of last week I was travelling to London and I was handed a free magazine. Normally I don’t open these things but this time I did. It was a very worthy magazine, mostly about how to improve - how to eat the best food, drink the best drink, exercise and so on. I was struck by something that had been bothering me in various explorations of the non-theist aspects of the internet. There are many pundits who give advice to the young, an it follow more or less this pattern: If you organize your life and eat well and exercise a lot, if you establish what you really want, and pursue your goals single-mindedly, or even ruthlessly, you will be healthy and wealthy and wise. Occasionally they mention love or relationships as well.
by Sr.Jadwiga Swiatecka o.p.
I have always found this account of Christ’s last going to Jerusalem for the Passover somewhat odd. Who is this un-named person who had a donkey conveniently tethered where it could just be taken? Is he the same so-and so (thus, one of the translations) who also got the supper room ready? And had Jesus made some previous arrangement with this man, that he might need to borrow his donkey? Why is he anonymous? We know that Jesus had been going to the Passover festival since he was twelve, so this would be about the 20th time; and presumably he had been with his disciples at least twice before, if his public ministry lasted about 3 years. If so, then on the previous occasions he had just walked in. So why, this time, borrow an ass and ride in on it?