Posted by: fvbcdm | August 8, 2012

Feast of Saint Dominic (8 August 2012)

My dear friends, today is the solemnity of Saint Dominic, the Father and Founder of our Dominican family. I invite you to celebrate it with me and all the Dominicans throughout the world, and to join with us in rejoicing over the accomplishments of Saint Dominic, and the fact that we have been called to be members of his religious community.

As we celebrate the liturgy of Saint Dominic, two things have seemed especially beautiful to me.   One is that passage from the prophet Isaiah (52:7) : “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace . . . and proclaims salvation!”   The feet were considered the least beautiful part of the body, especially since people in those days went bare-footed or wore only sandals.  We can imagine the condition of most feet!  But the prophet says that in the case of those who preach God’s word, even their FEET are beautiful.  It is an earthy Hebrew saying, but expresses so well the thought of the prophet.   

Then, in our prayer for this great feast, we ask God:  “Be our friend in prayer, our guide in study, and our companion on the way, that we might imitate Dominic.”  Prayer, study, and itinerant preaching were characteristics of the apostolate of Saint Dominic; that’s why we ask God for his help in our prayer, study, and “on the road” which leads us to our apostolate.  

Think of this, my friends: the charming simplicity of asking God to “be our friend in prayer.”  I can remember an old pastor we had in our parish when I was a child.  He always spoke of “Almighty God.”  That always bothered me a little.  Did he HAVE to present God to us as so far above us, so intimidating, so, as we might say today, “humongous”?  Far more attractive than that is this lovely petition: be our friend in prayer as Saint Dominic was.

May he bless you on this feast of his. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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