Undertaking the task of explaining how “Dominican Life is Contemplative” has been a real challenge (just ask Mark who has read a variety of drafts).
It was one of the oldest and most venerable rules in existence even at that time. It is short and adaptable. Dominic had been living under this rule as a Canon Regular, so it was familiar.
We realized that while there are a lot of resources covering this topic, they are almost exclusively written by and for Dominicans living in community, i.e., not necessarily aimed at the Lay Dominican.
I was sitting in mass not too long ago, and someone offered up a prayer for the religious. It hit me for the first time - I am a religious, and that prayer was for me.
You were called early To chastity and peace,
How do lay Dominicans preach? One way could be through the homily of our lives.
Mr. Mark Connolly, OP, MTS Hello! I am a permanently professed lay Dominican. I went through a little over a year of inquiry, a little over a year of candidacy, a little over three years of temporary promises, and became permanently professed earlier this year (2021.) I am 64, married to Rosie, we have two …
Learn how the Dominican Friars have prayed the Rosary for centuries.
Dominican Spirituality is best described by the Four Pillars. They are Prayer, Study, Preaching, and Community.