A diet of sound-byte news, fads,
opinions, advertisements and gossip
cripples our ability to think, manipulates
our emotions and slowly reorients our
desires. This is the slavery from which
Christ has come to set us free; the
slavery of attachment to things that steal
our joy and darken our intellect, rendering
it helpless to guide us along paths that
lead to that fullness of life which Christ
came to bring.
‘VERITAS!’ The clarion call of the
man whom the Church calls ‘Lumen
Ecclesiae’ (Light of the Church) resounds
even more forcefully today after 800
years. St Dominic called his followers to
study. We need to have studied the Truth
to recognise it when we see it. Study in
an atmosphere of prayer and humility
re-educates our will and emotions to
love Truth as something good for us, so
that we can embrace it fully. The reality
is that God is speaking to each of us on
a personal level all of the time. When at
times we do not hear Him, it just might
indicate the need for some interior
Transformation is possible. Actually,
Baptism is a call to ongoing
transformation. Four key means to
ongoing transformation are:
these needs a permanent place in our
everyday lives, but this article is a call to
be open to the light that Christ wants to
bring into our lives through study.
Firstly, we can study the Gospels, daily
setting before our minds the wisdom of
His words, the beauty of His virtues, the
desires of His Heart, so that we might
long to unite to them more deeply
We can study what the Church says
about our vocation. What does She say
about married life, about religious life
or the priesthood? When we read the
beauty of the call to each of these states
of life, we experience a resonance with
the Lord’s personal call to us and are also
freed from fears or mistaken perceptions
that might be holding us back or
creating sky castles.
The Catechism is another wonderful
treasure, packed with the wisdom of the
Fathers and testimonies of the saints.
Stepping through it slowly and prayerfully
will ground us in the faith.
Finally, we can study great literature.
The masters of literature raise before
us the drama of the human condition.
Through their craft, they play a vital role
in educating our affective life by moving
us to love the good and detest evil.
With mind and heart constantly nourished
by the light of the Word, we ready
ourselves like Mary to say the word (Fiat)
and to receive the Word (Jesus) into our
lives. Yes to God’s will today shapes us
to be able to hear and say yes to
His will tomorrow.
Sr Mary Helen OP took
her final vows with the
Dominican Sisters of St
Cecilia in 2016 and is