Father Peter Clarke

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Bodily into Eternity – The Assumption of Mary:                              A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​During my novitiate year in 1950 Pope Pius XII declared as a dogma to be believed by Catholics as a matter of Faith that 'Mary, the immaculate perpetually Virgin Mother of God, after the completion of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into the glory of Heaven'.Many of us reacted, 'What's new? For years we've been reciting the Glorious My...
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Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Caribbean Celebrations: A Reflection On The Season By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Many of the islands of the Caribbean celebrate Carnival at some time in the year..The Carnival festival that was a prelude to the penitential season of Lent was transported to the Caribbean by the European slave traders. They excluded the African slaves from the festival and had lavish masquerade balls. On emancipation the freed African slaves of ...
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The Divine Nutcracker - A Reflection for Pentecost Sunday By: Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

The Divine Nutcracker - A Reflection for Pentecost Sunday        
By: Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Ever since Easter Sunday the Church in its Liturgy has been listening to the Apostles and St. Paul proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus…as it were, IN A NUTSHELL – the absolute essentials.We've been made aware of vast crowds becoming instant and fervent believers.Some had never heard of Jesus before.Others had been among those who had ...
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Good Friday: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Good Friday: A Reflection  By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
"FOR THE SAKE OF THE JOY WHICH LAY AHEAD OF HIM, HE ENDURED THE CROSS," (Hebr. 12.5)What a ghastly day, what a terrible day - the day on which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of Mary, died on Calvary!And yet we name this, 'Good Friday!' – but not because we see it as being pleasant, enjoyable. For us this day is the most sacred of all days! ...
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I Am The Resurrection: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

I Am The Resurrection: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​I AM THE RESURRECTIONMartha was heart-broken that her brother, Lazarus, had died; relieved that Jesus had turned up to share her tears; disappointed in Jesus, she complained, "Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died." But she had a well-founded faith in Him, "Even now I know that God will grant whatsoever you ask Him." It was co...
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The Story of St. Valentine

The Story of St. Valentine
"The story of Valentine's Day begins in the third century with an oppressive Roman emperor and a humble Christian Martyr. The emperor was Claudius II. The Christian was Valentinus.Claudius had ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, and had made it a crime punishable by death to associate with Christians. But Valentinus was dedicated to the idea...
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Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Wasted Time - Thirty Years In The Life Of Jesus: A Reflection                                By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WASTED TIME-THIRTY YEARS OF THE LIFE OF JESUS?How did Jesus spend His life? After all, besides being the Son of Mary He was the Son God. He was making this world, our world, His very own! To tell the truth, during most of His life of about 34 years He did nothing out of the ordinary. For about 30 of those years He fitted into the life of the peopl...
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SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD AND
WORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017: A Reflection by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GODWORLD DAY OF PEACE 2017"They will hammer their swords into ploughshares, their spears into pruning hooks."Surely Micah's Messianic prophesy is very far from being fulfilled, (4.30)!Indeed, lethal weapons are more accessible than ever before in the whole history of mankind. Who can blame those who see ours as THE...
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WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

WREATHS: A Reflection on the Gospel for the 1st Sunday in Advent                      by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​WREATHSMention a wreath and our first thoughts are liable to be about funerals and Remembrance Days. In fact, the use of wreaths has an ancient and distinguished history.Centuries before the birth of Christ winners at the Greek Olympics had a wreath place upon their heads, likewise Roman emperors and victorious generals. In various ways they were ...
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​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULS: A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULS:  
A Reflection By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​ALL SAINTS --- ALL SOULSOn 1st November –the church celebrates the Feast of All Saints when we honour those who have lived with outstanding holiness, have died and have been acclaimed by the Church to be now in Heaven. We are also meant to honour that multitude of saintly, unsung heroes who have never received public recognition. We have...
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Mary Treasured! Mary Pondered! Mary Stored Up! A Reflection On Mary For The Month Of The Rosary By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

Mary Treasured! Mary Pondered!  Mary Stored Up!                                                  A Reflection On Mary For The Month Of The Rosary By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
Who can blame Mary for TREASURING that moment of leave-taking of the simple shepherds and eminent wise men?They had come to honour her newly-born Son, Jesus. She PONDERED all this in her heart(Lk.2.19).Some years later there was that traumatic time of Mary and Joseph losing Jesus, finding Jesus in discussion with the teachers in the Temple in Jerus...
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OH, THE WORD OF THE LORD, DEEP WITHIN MY BEING By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

OH, THE WORD OF THE LORD, DEEP WITHIN MY BEING By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Almighty God had settled His chosen people in the land He had promised them.The Temple in Jerusalem was the focal point of the nation.Time came when they no longer showed their gratitude to God. They disobeyed His commandments and, worst of all, they turned away from the one true God and worshipped pagan idols.Repeatedly a very angry God warned th...
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SLEEPWALKING By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP

SLEEPWALKING  By Fr. Peter Clarke, OP
​I must have my own space! I must have my own time! On Sunday morning with several Masses to celebrate and sermons to preach, the last thing I need is to be rushed, without having the leisure to loosen my limbs and tune into God -after the heavy drowsiness of a good night's sleep.And so it happened that on one Sunday morning both my usually reliabl...
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Farewell Rio!

Farewell Rio!
​For a very short time people throughout the world were thinking Olympics, feeling Olympics, rejoicing and crying over Olympics, cheering and cursing over Olympics. All the means of Social Communication were super-saturated with news and views about the Olympics. Most significantly it was the Olympics that dominated the Newscasts and the Headlines ...
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Caribvibes: Patriotism and Legacy in Barbados

Caribvibes: Patriotism and Legacy in Barbados
​The Crop Over Season has past and now we can get down to the serious business of celebrating 50 years and an Independant Nation. On this edition of Caribvibes, Fr. Peter Clarke O.P. and our host Mervin Marshall discuss the topic: ' Patriotism and Legacy in Barbados.'
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The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit, Part 7: THE FEAR OF THE LORD By Father Peter, Clarke O.P.

The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit, Part 7:  THE FEAR OF THE LORD By Father Peter, Clarke O.P.
Greetings readers, This is the latest and last of the reflections on the GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.A friend told me that as a little girl she had a picture of a large eye hung on her bedroom wall. That was to remind her that God was always watching to see and punish her every fault. So behave! And so she did. She obeyed Him, becaus...
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THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY INTO HEAVEN by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY INTO HEAVEN                    by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Mid-August – the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven – a celebration of immense importance to the Church and, indeed, to the Modern World. It was quite extraordinary that in 1950 Pope Pius X11, after having consulted bishops throughout the world, should find it necessary to define this as a dogma to be believed by Catholics as a ma...
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The Crown That Lasts by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

The Crown That Lasts by Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
This year, more than most years, is loaded with competitions and challenges! I'm thinking of the Rio Olympics with records to be broken and medals to be won; as well as the Caribbean with its Carnivals, its Regattas and Barbados with its Crop-Over. Here there is intense rivalry in composing and singing songs, designing and wearing costumes. Rival S...
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The Spirit Is Blowing: The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit, Part 6: The Gift Of Piety, By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.

The Spirit Is Blowing: The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit,          Part 6: The Gift Of Piety, By Fr. Peter Clarke, O.P.
​Worship, Adoration, Gratitude – as a matter of justice we owe God this supreme act of justice. Why? -because all that we are, all that we have comes from Him.What is more, Godwants us to accept Him as the most loving, the most caring of parents. This combination of RESPECT for One who is greater than ourselves and LOVE for One who has chosen to se...
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The Spirit Is Blowing: The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit Part 4: The Gift Of Counsel

The Spirit Is Blowing: The Seven Gifts Of The Holy Spirit               Part 4: The Gift Of Counsel
​We have already seen how God, through the Gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, INFLUENCES OUR CONSCIOUSNESS about the things of this earth and of supernatural realities. We thereby share in God's perspective and appreciation.It is through the Gift of Counsel that the Holy Spirit MOVES OUR CONSCIENCES so we make godly, prud...
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