Father Peter Clarke

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

From the Diocese of Bridgetown

​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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The Spirit Is Blowing: Part 3: The Gift Of Knowledge

The Spirit Is Blowing: Part 3: The Gift Of Knowledge
'He knows the price of everything and the value of nothing!' Something's only precious to him if it's costly. It's impossible for him to appreciate beauty, love and unselfishness because no-one can put a price tag on them. He values a work of art because it cost a fortune, not because it's beautiful.Success is measured by his wealth and the costly ...
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THE WIND IS BLOWING: THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

THE WIND IS BLOWING:  THE GIFTS  OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
1.WISDOM Losing Jesus and finding Him in the Temple is counted as one of the Sorrows of Mary, as it would have been for any parent. Who would blame Maryfor affectionately chiding Him, "Son, why have you treated us so? Your father and I have been looking for you anxiously." Astonishingly that He replied, "Did you not know I must be in my Father's ...
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The Wind is Blowing: THE GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT – PROLOGUE Part II

The Wind is Blowing: THE GIFTS OF HOLY SPIRIT    – PROLOGUE Part II

In Part 1 of the Prologue to this series of meditations you were given the names of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now we are going to attempt to deepen our understanding and appreciation of their role in our lives.

At Baptism we received these gifts. At our Confirmation the Holy Spirit perfected and activated them so as to enable us to lead fully Christian lives.

It is the Prophet Isaiah who foretold the coming of the One whom Almighty God promised to send to His Chosen People. He would be richly endowed with spiritual gifts.

“A shoot will spring from the stock of Jesse; a new shoot will grow from his roots.  On him will rest the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and insight, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and fear of  the Lord:    his inspiration will lie in fearing the Lord.” (Isaiah 11).

He also wrote of someone claiming to be anointed by the Spirit of God:The spirit of the Lord  is on me for the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison… to comfort all who mourn,” (Is.61).

 According to the Hebrew text of the Old Testament “Messiah” was the word used of one anointed as king, priest or prophet. The equivalent word in the Greek of the New Testament is “Christ.”

Of all the passages from Sacred Scripture Jesus could have chosen to read in the Synagogue in Capernaum He selected, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, for he has anointed me to bring the good news to the afflicted...” Dramatically He exclaimed, “This text is being fulfilled today even while you are listening!” (Lk.4).

Through and through the humanity of Jesus was briskly alert to the impulse of these gifts of the Holy Spirit in the service of His Heavenly Father.

And now we ourselves our caught up in this Messianic thrust of energy –to be compared to a schooner opening its sails to the wind. After the water of Baptism had flowed over our brows we were anointed with Chrism with the words, “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, King, so may you live always as a member of His body, sharing everlasting life.”

Loaded with such spiritual Gifts it is now up to us to let God do great things in us, for us, and through us!

 

 

 

Peter Clarke, O.P.

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The Spirit Is Blowing

The Spirit Is Blowing

Isidore and I are twin brothers; both of us Dominican priests. Working together, with the assistance of Skype, we have produced numerous meditations which have been published on various media outlets. On this website we shall now be sharing with you a series of mini meditations on the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Later we shall touch on the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

PROLOGUE 1

I shall never forget that glorious day when we were standing on the deck of a schooner   sailing between the islands of Grenada and Carriacou.  There, at the foot of the mast we gazed up at the sails embracing the strong breeze that enabled   our boat to carve its way through the waves towards our destination.

St John tells us that “the wind blows where it pleases,” and that “so it is with everyone that is born of the Spirit,” (Jn. 3.8).  Now it has been said the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit may be compared to the sails of a boat awaiting the breeze that would be its driving force.

In this scenario we can see ourselves as being like the crew of the schooner with the choice of hoisting the sails  so that  their boat might  be enthusiastically on the move  or of  leaving them furled on deck with their tethered  boat  rocking  gently in  port. The obvious parallel is you and I content to be laid-back, lack-lustre Christians or ones eager to be empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be activated by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which we received at our Baptism. It was then that we became Temples of the Holy Spirit – dynamic people who would lead lives that gave great glory to God.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches): “By the Sacrament of Confirmation the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed,” (1285).

The Catechism also tells us:

“The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. They belong in their fullness to Christ, Son of David. They complete and perfect the virtues of those who receive them. They make the faithful docile in readily obeying divine inspirations,” (1831).

More about these Gifts next week in Prologue II

 

Peter Clarke O.P.

 

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PILGRIMAGE TO ROME

PILGRIMAGE TO ROME

Time was when all I wanted from life was to be a simple pulpit preacher, even without a mike to enable my message to reach the distant corners of large churches. This was in the early 1950s. Now, with today’s galaxy of media outlets my words travel to every corner of the world. So it is for every modern preacher who is willing to become ‘media wise.’

Without shame I boast of being somewhat unique. My twin brother is also a Dominican priest. He is in England. I am in the West Indies. No problem here! The Internet unites us. Now at our disposal is a technology that enables us to dispatch quality recorded messages from an armchair on one side of a vast expanse of ocean to a radio station on the other. Thanks to Skype we have developed a deep trust between us, a willingness to share our insights. Each of us puts into a common pool his pastoral experience, his personal studies, and the anecdotes that have flavoured his personal life. Eagerly we evaluate, hone, correct and even trash each other’s work. Whatever appears to come from either of us is, in fact, the product of ‘TWINCLARKE CO. LTD.’ Now as octogenarians, as brothers we are closer to one another than ever before - at the intimate meeting of personal faith and mission - with the wonders of Information Technology being harnessed to our Dominican preaching! Absolutely marvelous!

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