Order of Preachers (Dominicans) of Trinidad and Tobago.
Keep Faith From Becoming Ideology
Pope Francis: Heartfelt Prayer
When Christianity becomes an ideology rather than a faith based on a relationship with God, its followers become proud and rigid, Pope Francissaid.
When Christianity becomes an ideology, “Jesus isn’t there, nor is his tenderness, love and meekness. And ideologies are always rigid, always,” the pope said during an October morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.
According to a Vatican Radio report on the homily, Pope Francis said that ideological Christians are “rigid, moralists, ethicists, but without goodness.”
“When a Christian becomes a disciple of an ideology, he has lost his faith; he is no longer a disciple of Jesus, but of this way of thinking,” the pope said.
Pope Francis was commenting on the day’s Gospel reading from Luke (11:47-54) in which Jesus admonishes the scribes and Pharisees for trying to control the faith rather than live it and share it with others.
The Gospel reading included the line: “Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter.”
Pope Francis said when Christianity is an ideology rather than a faith built on a living relationship with the Lord, “knowledge of Jesus is transformed into an ideological and moralistic knowledge.”
The ideologues close the door to faith with all their rules, he said.
“The key that opens the door of faith is prayer,” he said. “I am talking about praying, not saying prayers,” because the Pharisees recited many prayers in public simply to be seen. Jesus warned his disciples not to follow their example because prayer should be a “heart-to-heart” meeting with the Lord.
Pope Francis said the “poor” Pharisees were “people sullied by pride. Let’s ask the Lord for the grace first of all to never stop praying in order not to lose faith, but also to remain humble.”
The Dominican Community of Holy Cross Priory, Calvary Hill, Arima which was founded as a house in 1963 has a new prior. The new prior named is fr. Ferdinand Warner OP. He is fondly known to those around him as Fr. Fedi. He was born on 6th January, 1964 in the most southern part of Trinidad called Cedros. He is the last of seven children. He entered the Dominican Order on 15th September, 1986 and was ordained on 22nd June, 1997.
Fr. Warner served in many parishes here in Trinidad as parish priest, such as: St. Joseph, Curepe, and Santa Rosa. He was the promoter for Justice and Peace for the Caribbean and Latin America. He was the president of the conference of Dominican Fathers in the Caribbean.
Currently there are three friars and one layman living at the priory. They are: fr. Matthew Ahye OP, fr Urban Hudlin OP (who is on study leave), fr Dwight Black OP. The familiaris Mr. Aubert Geoffry (Br. Navis) .
We at Dominican Vocation of Trinbago welcome fr. Warner OP and wish him God'…
We of the Irish Vicariate hear in Trinidad and Tobago was full of joy due to the visitation of our provincial fr. Pat Lucy.
Diary - Places Visited and People Met Wednesday, 26 January: On arrival at Piarco Airport, Port of Spain, Ben Moran and I were met by Tom Lawson who drove us to St Finbar’s, Diego Martin. There we were greeted by Karol Wielgosz as well as John O’Connor and Tim Calvert, both of the Province of England, who were on a pastoral visit to Grenada and Trinidad. Thursday, 27 January: Before lunch we were brought on a tour of St Dominic’s Pastor Centre by Tom Lawson and the manager, Karen Montbrun, and we had the finances of the centre and the community detailed for us by Karen Yetming. In the afternoon I had discussions separately with Michael Hayden and Karol Wielgosz. Friday, 28 January: In the morning I met with the superior of the community, Tom Lawson. In the afternoon I had an appointment with the Archbishop of Port of Spain, Dr Edward Gilbert. Saturday, 29 January: At 1…
The pictures of newly ordained deacon Rev. Matthew Martinez OP. The ordination was officiated by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin. The Irish Dominican friars here in Trinidad and Tobago rejoice over this our brother on reching thus far. He was ordained to the diaconate in Saint Saviour's Dominican church, Dominick Street in Dublin. The ordaining prelate was Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. Our brothers were joined by many friars of the province, families and friends, representatives of the Dominican family in Ireland and local parishioners from the Dominick Street area to witness the joyful liturgy.
These are some pictures of the diaconate ordination of ReCongartulations.