fr. Paul Murray, OP
We discussed chapter 1 of this book today at our September meeting. The chapter is titled “What is Dominican Spirituality?” and the answer, as paraphrased by one of our brethren is “There is no answer!” I think we all agreed that it’s a good thing there is no simple answer. Within the structure of the Four Pillars and the Rule and Constitution of the Order, Dominicans are largely free to move wherever and however the Holy Spirit leads us. As Murray writes:
Because it is a preacher’s vocation, the Dominican vocation is, in its essence, a dynamic vocation. It is shaped, therefore, not only by its own pre-established laws and constitutions, but by the demands of history and the needs of the hour. … [It] always forms part of a life lived in response to the needs of others and to the demands of the Gospel at any given moment. (p. 43-44)
Murray describes very well the “dynamic” nature of Dominican life, a life of contemplation and action, of eternal things and temporal things, of loving and serving God and humanity. It can be a hectic life–but it is always a joyful life!
For our October 11th meeting, we will be discussing chapter 2: “Dominicans and Happiness.” Stay tuned!
Purchase The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality here.
Also recommended is Murray’s In the Grip of Light: the Dark and Bright Journey of Christian Contemplation.