In 2015, at the beginning of Holy Week, I had the privilege of preaching to the Dominican community of Saint Saviour’s in Dublin. It was rather a daunting task for a monk to preach to Preachers, but I was happy to do it as I have an immense debt of gratitude to the Order of Preachers for all that I have received from its members in the course of my life.
The First Conference
Reverend Fathers, dear brothers, having listened to the Passion today, we are, or should be, reduced to silence. The Word has been silenced. Only a fool would dare speak. Anything less than a word out of silence is unworthy of the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ; anything more is superfluous. If I am so foolish as to preach this evening to you, Preachers, it is for the sake of silence: a word out of silence, a word into silence. Like Saint Paul, “I am with you in weakness and in much fear and trembling” (1 Cor 2:3). We should perhaps sing the Canticum de Passione Domini of your Saint