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    The Order of Preachers

    Sunday, September 21, 2003

    The Pillar of Preaching


    Laudare benedicere fraedicare

    Contemplari et allis tradere contemplata


    An overview of the chapter on “Dominican Life is Apostolicfrom a book bty William A. Hinnebusch, O.P. entitled “Dominican Spirituality, Principles and Practice.” (1965).

                The general end of the Dominican Order is the sanctification of its members through contemplation, its special end is the salvation of souls through preaching. … Preaciing is the fruit of this life of prayer.” 

                St. Catherine of Siena.  P. 56

                Contemplative, then apostolic.

                P. 57.  “Contemplation is more important than action as it is the source of action.”  In his 10 years of prayer at Osma, Spain, St. Dominic realized the fruit of prayer in that first night in Toulouse, when on his travels through southern France on his way to Denmark, he preached all night to a innkeeper of his Albagenesian errors, “his craving for souls could no longer be satisfied.”

                St. Dominic came to establish an apostolic Order to continue in the work of Christ, who came to save souls, to die for them, and sent the Apostles to prolong the mission.  Their primary mission was to preach.

               Mark 16:15-16

    And the forgiveness of sins and salvation of souls:

                John 20:20-23.

                P. 59.   “Preaching is the proclamation of the faith.”

    a.       by pulpit, classroom, wherever,

    b.      by example.

    “Every action which teaches truth, which reveals the person of Christ is one way or another, can be considered the work of a Dominican….”

    Even today, St. Dominic would likely have urged his followers to enter the media field to reach souls.

                St. Dominic would have met any innovation to meet the problems of the age, which is always salvation of souls.

                The Dominican Order took its zeal to the universities of the age, and have continued that to this day.  In 1217 A.D., St. Dominic sent eight disciples to the Univeristy of Paris, affecting theology at the University.  No one at that time, could have predicted the leadership of Jordan of Saxony, Humbert of Romans, Albert the Great, or Thomas Aquinas.

                This has been carried down the ages to our day.

                            [Toulouse, Paul Sabatierre Universite]

                Sisters of the 3rd Order and tertiaireds also participate in the preaching, helping by prayer, sacrifices, and holy lives. 

                There is a grace given to help the preachers, teacher, or writers.  This bcaan be removed when one seeks his or her own glory or applause.  One should also hope to receive, if God wills it, the grace of the word.

                “The Dominican contemplative, hoping that when he gazed on the truths of faith and his heart has been fired with the love of God, he may carry his knowledge and love to his hearers.”  …  “It is this inner life which makes his apostolic life germinate.”

                The way to be effective is a holy life, a call to holiness.  These words written in 1965 by Fr. Hinnebusch are echoed today by John Paul II, when he calls each one of us to personal holiness.  Not just the religious and clergy, but all of us.  It also echos the words of Vatican II published thereafter calling the Orders back to their foundational ministries.  We are called to a personal relationship with the Divine.  In this, there are no simple words of our own, claiming eternal salvation, on a loosely interpreted biblical text, but by the grace-filled response to attendance at Mass, daily Rosary, prayers, spiritual reading, fasting, and other actions in following Rule.

                Members of the Dominican Order, including lay members, tertiaries, and others, love the vocation, and imitate the holiness in their hidden and public livers as Christ and St. Dominic did.  Whenever a Dominican serves his neighbor he is erving Christ in fulfillment of the commands of God. 

    The chief mottos of the Order of Preachers:



    Laudare benedicere fraedicare

    Contemplari et allis tradere contemplata

    Scripture Study on Preaching:

    Psalms 67:12

    Isaiah 52:7

    Romans 10: 10,15,17

    I Corinthians 9:16, 17

    I Corinthians 14:8,9

    2 Corinthians 4:5

    2 Timothy 2:15

    2 Timothy 4:1-5

    Titus 1:3

    James 5:19, 20


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