August 8, 2020 – Memorial of St. Dominic
Dominic began itinerant preaching according to the gospel ideal. He did this work for 10 years and was successful with the ordinary people but not with the leaders.
He and his fellow preachers gradually became a community, and in 1215 Dominic founded a religious house at Toulouse, the beginning of the Order of Preachers or Dominicans.
Dominic’s ideal, and that of his Order, was to organically link a life with God, study, and prayer in all forms, with a ministry of salvation to people by the word of God. His ideal: contemplata tradere: “to pass on the fruits of contemplation” or “to speak only of God or with God.”
Prayer of St. Dominic
May God the Father who made us bless us.
May God the Son send His healing among us.
May God the Holy Spirit move within us and give us eyes with which to see, ears with which to hear, and hands by which His work might be done.
May we walk and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last, with God’s grace, to the Kingdom.