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Preaching

Novena to St Dominic – Day 6

In reflecting on the life of St Dominic, in preparation for his Feast-day, I was struck once again by his passion for preaching, for the proclamation of the Gospel. For most of his adult life he longed to go and bring Christ to those pagans who had never heard the gospel. Although this was not possible, he founded his order in response to the Albigensian heresy, working tirelessly to proclaim the Truth, who is Christ, to those who had been deceived by falsehoods and half-truths. As Jordan of Saxony, Dominic鈥檚 successor, wrote, it was for 鈥渢hese innumerable souls who were deceived that they felt moved by deep compassion鈥. This is in marked contrast to an attitude sometimes encountered today: the idea that what matters is the sincerity of one鈥檚 beliefs not what is believed. At times this can go so far as thinking that people would be 鈥榖etter off鈥 […]

Novena to St Dominic – Day 7

Dominic, Man of Prayer, and Man of the Gospel: Preacher of Grace and Truth. Blessed Raymond tells us in the Life of Catherine 鈥淪t.Catherine saw the Co-Eternal Son proceeding from the mouth of The Eternal Father and while she was contemplating Him, she saw the Blessed Patriarch, St. Dominic come forth from the breast of the Father all resplendent with brightness. My Son by nature, who is the Eternal Word proceeding from my mouth, preached publicly to the world, whatever I charged him to say. My adopted son Dominic also preached to the world the truth of my Words鈥. He is still preaching in his successors today 800 years later. The radiance from Dominic鈥檚 demeanor and life wholly rooted in Christ captured those who met him, even the most bigoted of Albigensian heretics. His mission was to bring the light of God to the whole world by word […]

Feast of St Dominic – 8th August

鈥淒ominic prayed, prayed without ceasing, prayed by day and by night鈥漈his beautiful antiphon, which we sang at morning prayer on this joyful feast of our holy father and founder, gives us a beautiful portrait of Dominic. Before all else he was a man of the Gospel and a man of prayer.The following is a quotation taken from brievary for the Office of Readings for today’s feast.Everywhere, in word and in deed, Dominic showed himself to be a herald of the Gospel. By day no one was more affable, more friendly than he with his brothers and companions, no one more fervent than he in vigils and prayer at night. His conversation was always either with God or about God; rarely did he speak on other matters, and this practice he commended to his disciples.Dominic鈥檚 frequent and special prayer for himself was to beg from God true […]

Our Preaching Story – Nuns of the Order of Preachers

The following is a presentation by one of our sisters at a recent Dominican Family Day Our preaching story both differs from, and incorporates the preaching stories of the other branches of the Order. 鈥淎s the friars, sisters and laity are called to preach the name of our Lord Jesus Christ throughout the world; the nuns are to seek, ponder and call upon Jesus in solitude so that the word 鈥 (the saving- word, the grace-filled word) proceeding from the mouth of God (and preached by you our brothers and sisters)may not return to him empty, but may accomplish those things for which it was sent.鈥 (Is 55:10) Our Constitutions tell us that St. Dominic in founding the Nuns wanted us 鈥渢o be free for God alone鈥 and he associated us with his 鈥渉oly preaching鈥 specifically through our prayer and penance. They also tell us that we […]

Pope Benedict XVI on St Dominic

Pope Benedict XVI devoted last Wednesday’s audience to speaking about St Dominic – perhaps the text of this address may interest our readers. At the end he refers to monasteries of cloistered Dominican nuns and their place in the Order of Preachers:St. Dominic “He Always Spoke With God and About God”Last week I presented the luminous figure of Francis of Assisi; today I would like to speak to you of another saint who, in the same period, made an essential contribution to the renewal of the Church of his time. It is St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, known also as the Dominican Friars. His successor in the leadership of the order, Blessed Jordan of Saxony, gives a complete portrait of St. Dominic in the text of a famous prayer: “Inflamed by zeal for God and supernatural ardour, by your limitless charity and […]

4th Sunday Cycle C

Mass Readings:1st Reading: Jer 1:4-5, 17-192nd Reading: 1Cor 12:31-13:13Gospel: Luke 4:21-30The Gospel reading to-day is a continuation of last week’s Gospel Luke 4:14-21. Last week Luke told us that Jesus “with the power of the Spirit in Him returned to Galilee; and His reputation spread throughout the countryside – He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised Him.”While today we hear again that Jesus “won the approval of all and the people were astonished by the gracious words that came from His lips” this admiration soon turned sour! Today’s Gospel ends with the stunning words: “they took Him (Jesus) up to the brow of the hill their town was built on, intending to throw Him down the cliff, but He slipped through the crowd and walked away”.How mysterious to relflect on the fact that the preaching of Jesus, the Son of God, who was filled with “the power […]

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