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

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Half-way there!

Six months ago, to the day, Br Paul and I received the white habit of our holy father, St Dominic and were clothed as novices. To mark this milestone, I would like to mention just six things that I love about my novitiate in Cambridge:

1) When brothers hum liturgical Gregorian chant tunes as they go about the priory or carry out a chore. It reminds me of St Dominic, who sang as he walked from place to place.

2) The lunch-time conversations. Every day is amusing, stimulating, bewildering by turn and if only I could share them with you!

3) The quiet of the priory which offers space and opportunity for contemplation.

4) Living with brothers I can share ideas with and ask questions of. There is such a wealth of experience and ideas, erudition and wisdom that comes from living in community.

5) The music and liturgy that is challenging initially but offers the richness of the Catholic liturgical tradition that is missing elsewhere.

6) Leo! I shall miss him when we leave Cambridge!

Please pray for us as we embark on the next six months of our novitiate.


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