Author Archives: siteadmin

Loreto

In this poor room, now lavishly decorated by grateful pilgrims and devout Catholics, we recall to mind the great mystery of the Incarnation.

Hic Verbum caro factum est.”

Thus are the words inscribed upon the altar: Here, the Word became flesh.

These bare and naked walls heard the “yes” of Mary, that mysterious assent which opened Paradise to fallen humanity, stained and wounded by sin.

It saw the infancy and growth of Jesus, the serene work of Joseph, the sweet and gentle relations of the Holy Family, where charity flowered forth.

At the creation of the universe, the “fiat” of the omnipotent God was enough. For the redemption of mankind, God asked the “fiat” of this little Virgin, His favoured and Immaculate One, so that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity could be made man, through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin.

It was in this Holy House of Loreto, transplanted miraculously from Nazareth, that the eternal Word was made flesh. Tradition reports that during the night of December 9-10, 1294, the Holy House of Nazareth was transported by the angels to a place called Loreto, in Italy.

The place quickly became a place of pilgrimage, enriched by many indulgences granted by various Popes. It was customary to sing there a series of invocations to the Virgin Mary, which were subsequently approved by the Church, under the name of the “Litany of Loreto.”

The new building, which houses the Novitiate and temporary chapel, is now known as “Loreto” – may the gentle Virgin help to form her little children so they may be pleasing to her Divine Son, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It may not look like much now, but this humble dwelling houses the King of Kings, hidden not only in the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist on a lowly altar, but also in the souls of His spouses, the virgins He has chosen to grace His garden on earth.

O Holy Virgin, pray for us, that we may indeed be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Moving

King St Louis has the distinction of being the only French King to be canonised (he was also a personal friend of St Thomas Aquinas!). His memory will no doubt be more dear to us, however, because that was the day that the new building was approved by the Council for occupancy. Two days later,… Continue Reading

Music Competition

Hail! Saint Dominic, Holy Father,Hail! O friend of God, to thee!Chosen Knight of Christ and Mary;Guardian of the Rosary. So goes the opening verse of the Hymn of St Dominic which by now is a familiar and beloved tune to the Sisters and their pupils here in St Dominic’s College. The hymn, penned by Sister… Continue Reading

Loving Wisely

For the girls we teach, however, St Mary Magdalene is an example too, especially as the world we live in today is, as Father mentioned in his sermon, a factory designed especially to produce on a great scale women according to the model of Mary of Magdala before her conversion.  It is a sad and… Continue Reading

Holidays

The Sunday before, we had a Procession of the Holy Name of Jesus. Processions are a big part of the Liturgy in the Dominican Order, and the second Sunday of the month is usually dedicated to the Holy Name. We didn’t really have a place to process to, but I think Our Lord was still… Continue Reading

The week and a bit just past

On the Feast of Pentecost, it is customary in our Congregation for each Sister to receive a “Gift” of the Holy Ghost and also a “Fruit” of the Holy Ghost. During the singing of the Veni Creator Spiritus during the hour of Terce, the Prioress goes along the choir with a tray with these gifts,… Continue Reading