Many Dominicans would say that Dominican
spirituality is hard to define, because we are always
seeking new ways to express God's touch in our lives.
Fundamentally, the Order is defined by its preaching
We find ourselves using phrases that succinctly say
what is in our hears. To Praise, To Bless
to Preach, is a way of living life that
is aware that all of creation is a gift from God,
thus we give glory to God in praise. All
of life is a moment when God wants to infuse us with
grace, and so we
bless those around us and ask God's blessing on
the world. All of life is a Word from God, so our
urge is to preach
Seeking the Truth is another way in
which Dominicans would describe our spirituality. We
are seekers of light, insight and an ever deepening
understanding of other people, the world around us and
the action of God. The Dominican torch is a frequent
symbol of that light. We might say that our vocation
is rooted in a fearless search for truth. We are the
flame of that truth (Veritas).
share with others the fruits of contemplation: (Contemplata
aliis Tradere) Dominicans live a life that is both active
contemplation and contemplative action.
Like breathing in and out, we know that to be effective
preachers we need both: to contemplate the Word and
the world and at the same time, our reflection on the
world demands a clear and free response to need which
brings us to action. So we act contemplatively and contemplate
more about contemplative tradition.
would also describe our life in terms of four pillars:
prayer, study, community and ministry:
the famous theologian Thomas
Aquinas, Dominicans are are always
willing to accept new understandings, even those
that challenge our own opinions... In the 21st
Century it's more obvious than ever that truth
is never complete. this is exciting and also daunting.
There's always more to know and understand and
that includes understanding our own spiritual tradition.
So study is a lifelong occupation
is the heart of any spiritual life. Prayer is about
staying connected. It is guaranteed to bring about
change. Why? Everything is seen in a new light!
A prayerful community helps us see everything,
and everybody, that surrounds us, including what's
often overlooked as well as the obvious.
Community helps us stay connected
with God. it gives us companions for praying and helps
us remember what really matters - our own lives, and
the life of everything else that exists on this planet.
The present successor to Dominic, bro. Carlos Aspiroz
Costa, says that "hands are a projection of what
is in our heart." To be sent on mission is an invitation
to use heart and hands and voice to embrace and to lift
up, to bless and to heal, to feed and to shelter...
it is love of God expressed in love of neighbor. Thus
ministry is at the heart of a Dominican vocation.
MORE about Dominican Spirituality and Tradition
in an excellent series: Dominican