The Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Year of Mercy

by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes

If you were producing a film, and wanted to convey that the central characters were Catholic, one of the easiest ways of doing so would be to show a shot of a picture on the wall of the family home, depicting a long-haired, bearded man in a red cloak, with a stylised heart visible on his white tunic; a heart which, on closer examination, would most likely prove to be surrounded with flames and adorned with a crown of thorns. The imagery of the Sacred Heart, in other words is easily recognisable as a “Catholic thing”, along with rosary beads, for instance, or crucifixes.

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The attempts to redefine marriage: a critical overview

  Andrew Wagstaff C.O.

Talk given during the Cephas Symposium on the Nature of Faith

Article 2 of Question 97 of the Prima Secundae Partis of the Summa is about whether

human law should always be changed whenever something better occurs. Saint Thomas


… human law is rightly changed, in so far as such change is conducive to the common

weal. But, to a certain extent, the mere change of law is of itself prejudicial to the

common good: because custom avails much for the observance of laws, seeing that

what is done contrary to general custom, even in slight matters, is looked upon as

grave. Consequently, when a law is changed, the binding power of the law is

diminished, in so far as custom is abolished. Wherefore human law should never be

changed, unless, in some way or other, the common weal be compensated according

to the extent of the harm done in this respect. Such compensation may arise either

from some very great and every evident benefit conferred by the new enactment; or

from the extreme urgency of the case, due to the fact that either the existing law is

clearly unjust, or its observance extremely harmful.1

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The Nature of Faith

CEPHAS  Centre for Philosophy and Theology at Stone

A three-day symposium on the nature of Faith 14th -17th July


To celebrate the 800th anniversary year of the Dominican Order, CEPHAS held a three day symposium on the nature of Faith from Thursday evening July 14, departing after lunch on Sunday 17th.


Dante called St Dominic the ‘lover of the Christian faith’, and imagined a mystical marriage between the Dominican Order’s founder and ‘Lady Faith’.

But what is faith? What is it to believe? Is it a moral or an intellectual virtue? Do we believe with the heart or the head? Is it private or public? How does faith come about?

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How the Gospel Stands

A Sermon for the Golden Jubilees of Srs Pauline and Angela Mary Saturday Sept 3rd 2016  

Fr.Aidan Nichols o.p.  

A peculiar kind of mission"  I expect almost everyone here will be aware that this is the title of a book about the the English Dominican Congregation by Anselm Nye.  I'd skimmed the book when it first appeared, and only read it properly when Sr Mary Pauline and Sr Angela Mary asked  me to prepare a homily for this occasion. 

It came as rather a shock to discover that the words “a peculiar kind of mission,” written by Archbishop Errington, the co-adjutor with right of succession to the first Archbishop of Westminster, were intended as a criticism, and in fact, as a dismissal. 

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Mercy and the hope for heaven

by Sr Tamsin Mary Geach

After a very few days in Lourdes, if one has been doing the thing properly and not spent too disproportionate an amount of time in the bars and cafes rather than in the hospitals shrines and baths, one will be struck with the sense of one’s own inadequacy, and a type of marvel at how wonderful many other people are.  One may then be struck with fear when one contemplates one’s own inadequacy, apathy and general lack of lustre.  There is nothing like the contemplation of people who really suffer, and the people who really serve to show up our own inadequate response to the love of God, to the demands of charity, or even of common kindness. 

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