Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

A Dominican Blessing in farewell to Cardinal Sin

This beautiful Dominican Blessing was well-known in the Philippines among the Dominicans and was used often but I was surprised that when I googled it today, I came up with nothing un-adulterated...

So, I offer it here to mark the death of His Eminence, Jaime Cardinal Sin. May he rest from his labours.

May God the Father bless us, May God the Son heal us,
May God the Holy Spirit enlighten us
And give us eyes to see with,
Ears to hear with,
Hands to do the work of God with,
Feet to walk with
And a mouth to preach the Word of Salvation with.
And may the angel of peace
Watch over us and lead us at last to
The Lord’s gift of the Kingdom.

The photo is taken from a stained glass panel in the Novitiate of the Annunciation, Manaoag in the Philippines.

As an aside: the BBC interviewed someone in Manila early this morning on the radio. She was asked if there was likely to be another prelate like Cardinal Sin. Her reply was:
I think not... Sin, was, in a sense, original! Hmmm... Indeed.


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