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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

renovation.

Transformation is possible. Actually,

Baptism is a call to ongoing

transformation. Four key means to

ongoing transformation are:

Prayer,

Study, Friendship

and

Service.

Each of

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

every day.

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

originally from

North Dandenong.