One of my favorite letters, D, for St. Dominic. I am a Lay Dominican postulant so you know this is going to be a favorite. In case you missed it, yesterday was all about Confession.
What is Dominican Spirituality, specifically, who is St. Dominic, and why should you care that I mention I am a Lay Dominican postulant? We will attempt to briefly answer these today, and I will provide some resources for further reading. And if you’re looking for the Feature Friday Post, no worries, it’s here scroll, or click that link!
Who is it?
Quite simply, St. Dominic is the founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers. St. Dominic’s feast day (or day we celebrate him) is August 4 (he was made a saint in 1234). It is also said that he received the Rosary from the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Dominic’s “calling card” was his conversion of a man overnight. EWTN shares:
On the way, they passed through Languedoc, in southern France, where the Albigensian heresy was winning many adherents. The host at an inn where they stopped was an Albigensian, and Dominic spent a whole night in discussion with him. By morning he had convinced the man of his error. From that day, it appears, Dominic knew with certainty that the work God required of him was an active life of teaching in the world.
Why did I choose to share this particular “D” with you?
Each month, I research and prepare a module for presentation to Lay Dominicans that have completed their perpetual promises to the order. This means, that I am the new kid (aren’t I always?). I share those answers here on my blog each month. It takes roughly 6 years to make perpetual promises. You read that right. It’s a commitment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Being a Lay Dominican is a vocation, like any other – including my first vocation as wife and mother.
I can’t get enough of the charisms (special gifts) of this order: to seek knowledge and wisdom through studying and preaching. Once it clicked for me that preaching, wasn’t “preaching” (aka bible thumping, brimstone and fire preaching), everything fell into place. It is here, on this platform that I preach – or share my findings and reflections from a perspective of a relatively new Catholic – coming from a life of a faithless vacuum. Not that I was an atheist, but faith was not on my radar, I was. Once I got out of my own way, faith showed up.
These monthly modules are a microcosm of how I live my daily life. I learn, I study, and I seek answers for myself, but ultimately to share and preach to and for others who are also seeking.
For more information on St. Dominic, check out the very first module I prepared, Questions that Need Answering: The Life of St. Dominic. I also, always, recommend that anyone interested in joining a third order check out some of the resources I have listed.
Come back tomorrow for a Catholic take on the letter, E. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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