Lent as a time of preparation or renewal in our vocation

by Sr Mary Valery Walker o.p.


Sr Valery

Reflection for the First Sunday in Lent    Year B       St. Mark 1: 12 – 15.  Jesus in the Wilderness preparatory to beginning his Ministry

Fr. Doyle, parish priest of St. Dominic’s in Stone, preaching on St. Mark’s Gospel, admires St. Mark for his ‘short and snappy’ incidents, which, says Fr. Doyle, always have a point to make.  I think that today's 'short and snappy’ Gospel reading has an important point to make for ourselves, we who follow St. Dominic in following Our Lord as preachers, as spreading the ‘Good News’ of the Kingdom of God. 

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Jesus' call to practical charity

Sermon on the Parable of the Good Samaritan by Sr Ann Catherine Swailes

Our mission includes working in chaplaincies, and sisters are also frequently asked to preach in non-Catholic contexts as part of our ecumenical outreach.  The following is a sermon by Sr Ann Catherine for Clare College Cambridge during the lockdown.  To see the full-length version of Sr Ann's sermon click here, or on the picture.  For the full service including a shorter version of the talk with some other liturgy, Words, readings and music from the Chapel community and Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, including James MacMillan's 'Miserere' recorded at the Festival d'Arts Sacrés in Évron, France in 2018., click here

Sr Ann Catherine recording the talk

Aquinas on the Passions Talk 10: On Anger

 Sr Mary Magdalene's final talk in her series on Aquinas on the Passions.  Click on the picture for the video.
Sr. Mary Magdalene, O.P., will also discuss when anger can be good or bad, and how the virtues of clemency and meekness can help us to moderate our anger. For an overview of the 11 main passions as well a few slides explaining them, go to the first talk, "Passions and Virtues in a Time of Distress," at

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I sing of a maiden

sung by Sr Tamsin Geach o.p.

A carol in Middle English. My sister used to sing this, or something like it, to me when I was small, but I have not been able to locate the music of this version. I hope you like it. Click here or on the picture for the video

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