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Dominican spirituality

  2. 2. Who Are The Dominicans??? <ul><li>“ How can they hear without someone to reach? And how can they preach unless they are sent?” - Romans 10:14 </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul posed these two questions to the Romans of his time questions with answers embedded within them. </li></ul><ul><li>St. Dominic acted on these words. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Their Beginnings <ul><li>Thirteen centuries later, in 1216, St. Dominic de Guzman responded to a desperate need for informed preaching by founding the Order of Preachers. </li></ul><ul><li>He trained his preachers to affirm the world as the place where Christ was discovered and to counter the false teachings (Albigensians) which denied the dignity of our humanity. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Albigensians <ul><li>The Albigensians preached that the things of this world were inherently evil, so the poor were told that they were blessed in the lack of material things. </li></ul><ul><li>The Church reacted by sending orthodox preachers who insisted on the inherent goodness of things, echoing the message of Genesis: “And God saw that is was good”. G enesis 1:10 </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>However, the message was not accepted partly because the preachers, in the mood of the times, came with a show of display. </li></ul><ul><li>Dominic sensed that the Gospel message would be more readily heard if preached in poverty </li></ul>The Albigensians
  6. 6. A New Form of Religious Life <ul><li>Dominic began a new form of religious life, the life of the friar. Before this time religious life had been monastic, but with Dominic the secluded monastery gave way to priories in the cities. </li></ul><ul><li>From their priories, the friars went out to preach; to their priories, the friars returned to be refreshed by prayer and supported by the brothers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Dominic knew that the preaching of the Gospel must be rooted in a deep knowledge of and love for the Gospel. </li></ul><ul><li>He realized the importance of study for his friars, so with his first followers, Dominic became a student of theology. </li></ul>A New Form of Religious Life
  8. 8. <ul><li>By the time of his death in 1221, the Order had spread through Western Europe, hundreds of young men had joined, and their presence was being felt at the major universities of the time. </li></ul>A New Form of Religious Life
  9. 9. Four Pillars <ul><li>The 4 pillars are the way in which their life is divided; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prayer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministry </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Four Pillars <ul><li>The four life of a Dominican is not divided at all. All four of these areas must be lived in a faithful and rich way in order for the Holy Preaching to be accomplished. </li></ul><ul><li>Living a balanced life placing proper emphasis on each area when appropriate helps them do the work that their founder Dominic and the Church have asked them to do: preach Jesus Christ! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Prayer <ul><li>They celebrate the Word in daily common prayer, meditation, study, and in the proclamation that is preaching. Their lives are nourished by God's Word as spoken in sacred scripture, celebrated in the Eucharist, and encountered in everyday life. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Prayer <ul><li>Dominicans center their lives on Jesus Christ, the true light, and are moved by the Holy Spirit who radiates God's healing presence in the world today. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Common Life <ul><li>The basic idea of community is a community living which is about the willingness to share their lives with one another. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Common Life <ul><li>For Dominicans, the communal dimension of their religious life challenges to them to be of “one mind and one heart in God.” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Study <ul><li>St. Dominic made study an essential part of the &quot;Sacred Preaching.&quot; This was no small innovation in the thirteenth century when most of the clergy were uneducated. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Study <ul><li>St. Dominic sent the friars to the universities to study, to preach, and to establish places of learning. The dedication to study and teaching continues today. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Study <ul><li>The Dominican emphasis on study opens their hearts and minds more fully to the human condition today, continues to build on a rich history and tradition and has its ultimate effect on their preaching and teaching. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Ministry <ul><li>As Dominican Friars, they continue the work of St. Dominic today in an active and contemplative life. Their mission includes preaching, teaching, and works of social justice in a variety of settings: campus ministry, parishes, high schools, colleges, universities, and retreats. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Ministry <ul><li>They are involved in full-time itinerant preaching, health care as chaplains and ethicists, and in the arts. </li></ul><ul><li>In their outreach to the poor they work for truth, justice, and peace in today's society though their parishes, campus ministries, and involvement in the local and universal church. </li></ul>