The Joyful mysteries and the theology of the body.

The Rosary, a treasure to be rediscovered

Rosary Plaque in St. Dominic's Convent Stone .

The Annunciation

If you confess you are a Catholic, especially to certain types of protestant, one of the things which gives rise to bewilderment, misunderstanding and even sometimes to outright hostility is devotion to Our Lady and in particular the praying of the Rosary..  Non-Catholics have sometimes told me that their solitary experience of Catholic worship has been going into a Catholic Church and being deluged with Hail Marys.  So why do we do it?  

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Moments of hope: First Professions  of Sister Mary Magdalene and Chiara Mary

by Fr Martin Ganeri o.p.

Fr Martin Blesses the scapulars of the newly professedFr Martin Blesses the scapulars of the newly professed

Today, as we come together to witness and to celebrate the first profession of Sr Mary Magdalene and Sr Chiara Mary, we witness and we celebrate a moment of hope, hope for these two sisters, hope for all the sisters of the English Congregation of St Catherine of Siena, the Stone Congregation. Just as two days ago, the sisters celebrated another moment of hope in the clothing of Sr Cecilia Bernadette, Sr Rose and Sr Philomena Benedict, when they received the ‘garments of salvation, the ‘robe of righteousness,’ as Isaiah puts it (Isaiah 69:10), when the prophet celebrates his own hope for his people, that they will come to possess the happiness of being restored to their land and become a sign of God’s salvation that all can see and share in.

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