by Sr M. Pauline Burling (Prioress General of our Congregation)
PART I:Address to the novices to be at the beginning of the Clothing Ceremony.
“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself (herself) and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, will save it.” (Mark 8:34/5)
Postulants kneel 'What do you seek?' 'Gods mercy and yours.'
On 12 September you entered our Novitiate House formally prior to receiving the Dominican habit. In bygone decades you would have been called postulants because during these 15 days of preparation - much shortened, of course, when compared to 6 (9) months some of us present had. Hopefully with the graces received, and possibly increased during your retreat, you may be even more resolved to ask (postulate) for the Dominican habit and thereby start the Novitiate proper.
A Talk given at the Dominican Seminar by Sr Tamsin Mary
My community – which is small - decamped en masse to our Mother House at Stone for Christmas. A certain sister there who is in her eighties took my breath away as she outlined her programme for the next few days. She would be taking part in an ecumenical walk singing carols through the town on Christmas Eve. Then she would be playing the flute at a Mass for Children in the evening in Stone, and then she would be playing again at the main Mass on Christmas morning in another parish.