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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Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

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

Sunday, June 18, 2006

A Retreat from Blogging...

"My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away" (Song of Songs 2:10-13 - KJV)

As I now enter the final stage of my Novitiate and (hopefully) prepare to make Simple Profession in September, it would be expedient for me to take a break from this blog. I ask my readers to pray for me and for my brother, Paul Mills in these months ahead as we hope to proceed towards making first vows on 20 September. I shall need to apply for an extension for my religious visa too and ask your additional prayers for this intention.

I hope to resume blogging again in October, quite possibly from Oxford by then... Those of my readers who wish to be informed when I resume posting to this site are requested to e-mail me with their address so as to be informed in due course.

I believe this retreat from blogging will be beneficial for me. As the Dominican mystic John Tauler said:

"There must be a definite introversion, a gathering up, an inward recollection of faculties without any dispersal, for in unity lies strength. So a marksman who wishes to hit his target more accurately shuts one eye to focus with greater precision... Moreover, should a going forth, an elevation beyond and above ourselves ever come about, then we must renounce our own will, desire and worldly activity, so that we can orient ourselves single-mindedly toward God, and meet Him only in complete abandonment of self..."

Until the next post, God bless and take care. Thank you all for reading and may we 'meet' again after the end of this 'fast' and retreat from blogging. In the interim, perhaps you may want to look at my posts from this time last year!

The photo above was taken in the environs of Norwich cathedral, last Friday.


Blogger Michael said...

God's blessings to you and Fra Paul Mills from all of your devoted readers.
Michaelk Borussia

10:37 pm  
Blogger antonia said...

God Bless!

we will miss your posts!

hopefully see you soon,


5:46 pm  
Blogger Roan Marbert said...

May the Lord continue blessing you! We'll be waiting for your return.


3:16 am  
Blogger 1dayin7 said...

God bless you.

Blogging is always better after a break.


4:33 pm  
Blogger William said...

I will pray for you as you ask

9:03 pm  
Anonymous None-the-Wiser said...


Your time will come once again...

11:18 pm  
Blogger Mary Jane said...

Wishing you all joy!

11:25 pm  
Blogger JPSonnen said...

good luck and best wishes as always!
warmest personal regards,

6:45 am  
Blogger Littleflower518 said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers!

3:36 am  
Blogger antonia said...

Hello Brother!

Hope your blogging retreat is fruitful.

Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for my wedding!

Hope to see you soon,

God Bless


4:48 pm  
Blogger Jon said...

Fra Lawrence,

Darn! I was hoping you'd at least give the break a break back on the 8th!

I hope you had a wonderful feast day. I was praying for you when my chapter joined the nuns for Vespers (and celebration our side of the cloister afterwards)that evening.

I trust this time of preparation is fruitful for you. The Order of Preachers is receiving a fine young man. Your family must be proud as well.

I know the vote will go your way (if it already hasn't!)

In St. Catherine and St. Dominic,

Jon, T.O.P.

4:19 pm  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...

Thank you all for your prayers and comments. Br Paul and I will make Simple Profession on 20 September and move to Oxford immediately thereafter. I was also granted the necessary extension to my religious visa.

All thanks be to God!

6:16 pm  
Blogger Diane said...

Just stumbled on your blog. Prayers for you!!!

3:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When are coming off of retreat? It has been a long time.

12:32 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, just read your comment, congratulations and prayers to both of you.

12:34 pm  
Blogger Jon said...

Okay, Brother Lawrence. October is here. Time to warm up the keyboard!

9:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Brother Laurence,

Baronius Press is a small Catholic publishing house producing
traditional Catholic books ( We have just launched a new paperback series (which is unfortunately moving very slowly, even in the run up to Christmas!), and I was wondering whether you would be able to help us promote it through your blog site, or any other means such as reviews etc? I can email you a banner if there is room at the top of your page to display it. I'd be
happy to send you review copies if needed.

In Christ,

Joel Newman

1:16 pm  

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