Dear brothers and sisters,
We continue to deepen in these series of articles on the different spiritualities in the Church. Today we are going to discuss about the Dominican spirituality.
Dominican spirituality takes its name from Saint Domingo Guzmán. The word ‘Dominican’ is derived from Domingo (Dominic). Saint Dominic was born in Spain around the year 1170.
Saint Dominic was born into a well off family and he liked studying. At the time he lived in Spain, a war was taking place. Dominic gradually stripped off his belongings to help the victims of the war and the poor. One day a woman went to ask him for help because her husband had been taken prisoner and had been sold as a slave. Dominic no longer had any property and decided to surrender himself as a slave to save this man and his family.
Saint Dominic also stood out as a good preacher against many heresies against the church. He founded The Order of Preachers, a religious order, also commonly known as Dominicans. The mission of this order is to preach the gospel wherever they are to bring people to Christ.
There are two very important elements in this spirituality that are worth highlighting. One of them is joy. The Dominicans are characterized by being an order that highlights the joy of being disciples of Jesus. This characteristic is very important for our days, because if there is a characteristic that attracts people to be disciples of Jesus it is joy. Nobody is attracted to be disciples of Jesus if that will result in a bitter or sad life. Dominican spirituality reminds us of this important aspect of joy in the following of Jesus.
A second element is devotion to the Most Holy Rosary. History tells us that the mission of the Dominicans to bring souls to Christ through preaching encountered several difficulties, but the Blessed Virgin gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic as a powerful weapon to continue bringing souls to the Lord. The Rosary continues to be one of the most powerful means to approach God. The Virgin Mary with her intercession through our prayer of the Rosary continues to draw us closer to Jesus. This is largely due to Dominican spirituality.
We ask Saint Dominic to intercede for us so we may show the joy of being disciples of Jesus and to increase our devotion to the holy Rosary as a powerful weapon of conversion to the Lord.
Rev. Manuel Rosiles, MSpS