A passion for God and a conviction
that god's love was meant for all characterized the
preaching of Dominic deGuzman, founder of the Dominicans.
Although dominic neither founded a school of rhetoric
nor wrote a treatise on preaching, he did send his young
followers out to preach, just as Jesus had sent his
disciples. the circumstances of dominic;'s historical
time were different from ours, and yet in some ways
they are remarkably similar to ours.
Dominican theologian, Mary
Catherine Hilkert, OP, observes:
Most of the people in our world who hunger for the good
news of salvation or liberation are not to be found
in ou churches. if preaching is a matter of making connections,
enabling people to hear the gospel as good news for
them, then the gospel and its preachers have to meet
people where they are.
This is the task of every
preaching project today: to create ways for people to
encounter the gospel message wherever they are, so that
it can help them shape lives that have personal and
Preaching is a
proclaims the story and memory, the presence and grace
of the Living Word. It is also a sign of God's ongoing
presence. Every Dominican preaches, whether
from the pulpit, in the classroom, on the street, at
the office, in relationships.
The arts have always been a way to express,
interpret and enter into the mystery of God. Through
the use of language, color, material, music and movement,
artists of all kinds create woks in every medium imaginable.
Their creations capture the imagination and have the
power to evoke insight, conversion and faith.
MORE about Dominican Spirituality and Tradition
in an excellent series:
Preaching calls one to live at the heart of mystery.
Ed Ruane, OP