Dominican Spirituality

PRAISE            BLESS            PREACH

 

Spirituality refers to the movement /energy within us that yearns for something greater and calls us beyond ourselves. Dominican spirituality summons us into the profound mystery of the presence of God (Praise), calls us to love what God has created, and to be a gift to the world (Bless), and to share the gospel message (Preach). Understanding Dominican spirituality as leading to personal holiness is incomplete. Genuine Dominican spirituality demands that we also transform the world.

The Dominican motto calls one to contemplate and then to share the fruits of that contemplation. This means that we study, we learn from one another, we bring ourselves into the presence of God, and only then can we be faithful preachers of the Word and address the heresies of our day. To quote St. Thomas Aquinas: It is better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.

Our Dominican Center mission states: In the Dominican tradition, we strive to nurture the contemplative life by assisting people of every faith to relate to God. Likewise, in the Dominican tradition, we strive to bring about the reign of God by assisting people of every faith to reveal God to our world and to live in the Spirit of God as one human family with all creation in our common home.