The Founder of Order of Preachers
It is St. Dominic’s founding inspiration that is at the heart of the structures and life style of the Brothers and Sisters. After more than 800 years this inspiration is still able to arouse in people a fervent desire to be part of the adventure that he began.
A Man of Prayer and Mercy: “God had given him a special grace towards sinners, the poor and the afflicted: he took their troubles into the intimate sanctuary of his compassion. One of the particular things he frequently asked God was to be given a real and effective charity for the salvation of all” (Libellus of Saxe Jordany)
A Man both True and Free: He was free of himself so that he could be united with the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. For the Truth is not some doctrine or teaching but it is the Word of Life, the Word made flesh. It is the Truth that sets Dominic free since the Truth is about Jesus and the mystery that is his person. Thus, in Dominic’s life, truth and compassion always go together to make him a free man in the image of Christ.
A Man at the Service of the Gospel: His constant concern was to proclaim God with passion. “Just speaking to God or about God” in order to pen up the paths of life to people. His preaching takes the form of both word and action: in the book about Charity he draws what he says from Charity’s source and the life he shared with his brothers and sisters would prove to be a living witness to the hope that consumed him.
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