Prayer cards with the text of the Novena to Saint Dymphna are available from the priory upon request.
The Seventh Conference
Let us pray. O God, who in thy loving–kindness dost both begin and finish all things: grant that as we glory in the beginnings of thy grace, so we may also rejoice in their completion, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We must think of the various forms of the prayer of a priest, first of all daily Holy Mass. The Eucharistic celebration is the greatest and highest act of prayer, and constitutes the center and wellspring from which all the forms receive their «lifeblood»: the Liturgy of the Hours, Eucharistic adoration, lectio divina, the Holy Rosary, and meditation. (Pope Benedict XVI, 3 May 2009)
The Divine Office
Returning to Pope Benedict XVI’s «Rule of Prayer for Priests», we must next consider the daily round of the Hours. The Divine Office in the life of the diocesan is priest is not, at least with regard to the outward forms given it, what it would be in the life of a Benedictine monk, who is, by vocation, a cenobite, that is one living, praying, and working in a stable community. The diocesan priest is, in contrast, something of an idiorhythmic solitary. He
A Litany of Patrons
I am very happy that my parents christened me Mark Daniel, thereby giving me the patronage of both an evangelist and a prophet. At Confirmation I added the name of Saint Michael for the glorious Archangel, and my monastic patrons are the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint John the Evangelist, and Blessed Columba Marmion. As far as I can determine, I am the first Mark in the family while being one of a very long line of Daniels.
Hastening to the Cross
Saint Mark’s Gospel has been described as a “hastening to the Cross.” It is Saint Mark who gives us the confession of faith of the centurion Saint Longinus, while Saint John tells us that the same centurion opened the side of Jesus with a lance. A link with the mystery of the Pierced Heart!
Mark and Peter
Tradition calls Saint Mark the interpreter of Saint Peter; clearly the relationship between Peter and Mark was both strong and tender. Saint Peter calls Mark “his son”; (1 Peter 5:13), suggesting the gift
The Fifth Conference
O God, who for the glory of thy Majesty and the salvation of mankind, didst constitute thine Only–Begotten Son as the eternal High Priest, mercifully grant that we whom he has chosen to be the ministers and stewards of His Holy Mysteries may ever remain steadfast in the fulfilment of the ministry entrusted unto us. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rediscovery of God the Father
Blessed Columba Marmion ranks first among the four luminous figures raised up by the Holy Ghost at the dawn of the last century to point to God the Father. Who were the other three? The twenty–four year old Doctor of the Church, Thérèse of the Child Jesus and of the Holy Face (1873–1897); a twenty–six year old Carmelite dazzled by her personal discovery of the Epistles of Saint Paul, Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity (1880–1906); and a pleasure–loving French adventurer who died a martyred hermit in the Sahara, Blessed Charles of Jesus (1858–1916). I should like to say something about the rediscovery of God the Father launched by Saint Thérèse, Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity, and Blessed
The Fourth Conference
Let us pray. O God, who makest thine angels spirits and thy ministers a flame of fire: send forth thy Spirit and renew the face of the clergy: that thy priests, sent as ministering spirits, may take away every stumbling–block from thy kingdom, and may kindle in the hearts of all men that fire whoch thou camest on earth to bestow. Who livest and reignest, forever and ever. Amen.
The Loneliness of the Priest
It would seem that, as a newly–ordained priest, Father Joe Marmion, experienced a certain loneliness, a painful emptiness. It may have been a case of the classic post–ordination let–down or it may have been an early episode of the descents into depression that, from time to time, were to mark him in later years. Four months after his ordination to the holy priesthood, Father Marmion was appointed curate at Dundrum (Dublin). Less than one year after his first appointment, a disconsolate Marmion wrote this to Vincent Dwyer, an Australian classmate of his and a dear friend:
Oh, I am more convinced now than ever that a student can’t set too high a standard of holiness