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Prayer is the language of the heart, the language of relationship and as Paul Murray, OP states in his book, "The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality"; Dominicans seek to 'bring the subject of contemplation back down from the high clouds of mysticism to the plain earth of Gospel truth". He reminds us that prayer is about relationship - it is concerned not with specific rituals or words but about speaking to God directly, as our friend.
A selection of books on Dominican spirituality:
Spirituality and Prayer
Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus, which has been historically used at councils, synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to St. Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636). The prayer starts with:
"Here we are, O Lord, Holy Spirit, we stand before you, hampered by our faults, but for a special purpose gathered together in your name. Come to us and be with us and enter our hearts."
A list of books on spirituality and prayer:
“The contemporary form of centering prayer was discovered, initially taught, and developed during Keating’s tenure as abbot at St. Joseph’s. He had been involved in reforms resulting from the Second Vatican Council’s call for spiritual renewal in the Catholic Church, and he had also observed that young Catholics were leaving the Church in droves to join Hindu ashrams and Buddhist sanghas. In 1971 he attended a meeting of Trappist superiors in Rome, where, addressing the monks, the late Pope Paul VI invoked the spirit of Vatican II. The Pontiff declared that unless the Church rediscovered the contemplative tradition, renewal couldn’t take place. He specifically called upon the monastics, because they lived the contemplative life, to help the laity and those in other religious orders bring that dimension into their lives as well. Keating came away from the meeting determined to make a contribution. He asked the monks at St. Joseph’s to search for a method rooted in Christian tradition that would make contemplative prayer more accessible to those outside the monastery." from Resting in God... An Interview with Father Thomas Keating, OSCO (http://www.livingrosaries.org/interview.htm)
Following is a list of books about Centering/Contemplative Prayer:
Spirituality and Interfaith Dialogue
"It is 25 years since "Nostra Aetate", the declaration of the Second Vatican Council on the Church's relationship to other religions, was promulgated. The document stressed the importance of inter-religious dialogue. At the same time, it recalled that the Church is in duty bound to proclaim without fail Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, in whom all people find their fulfillment (cf. NA 2)."
Following is a list of books on spirituality and interfaith dialogue:
Spirituality and Justice and Peace
“Our study proceeds from our life together in the Order, but it also is meant to manifest the unity of all humankind in Christ. Consequently, there is an essential link between successful study and the search for a world characterized by justice and peace, a world where men and women enjoy the fullness of the human condition in their dignity as children of God. When we speak the truth we are doing an act of justice.” from the Acts of the General Chapter of the Order, Oakland 1989
Following is a list of books on spirituality and Justice and Peace
Spirituality and Preaching
"The unity of our Order is in fact given by its evangelizing mission: laity, sisters and friars of the Order are members of a single family whose identity is that they are sent to preach the Gospel." from the letter of the Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadore', titled The Dominican Laity and Preaching, December 22, 2013
"Just what does it mean to preach? In common, ordinary terms, we might say that preaching is
opening one's mouth and letting the Word of God come out... it is important to recognize that preaching is a gift from God, and at the same time, our responsibility... We have to be responsible, take this mission seriously, so that our simple words might become an instrument for the Word of God, rather than an obstacle. The act of preaching is an interpretation of human life from the perspective of the Bible, one in which the Christian community acknowledges the salvific presence of God, and is called upon to respond to that presence with concrete actions." from I Put My Words in Your Mouth by Fr. Brian Pierce, OP and Fr. Victor Morales, OP
A list of books of the spirituality of preaching:
"The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I may know how to speak to the weary a word that
will rouse them. Morning after morning God awakens my ear that I may hear. (Isaiah 50:4)"
Following is a list of books about Lectio Divina:
"To be a preacher is to be a beggar. That is, we be-come beggars always looking for
something from daily life that can give life to our preaching. We are holy beggars, men and
women who are crazy for the Gospel. We know that each human being, each community, is like
a story-book All stories begin with 'Once upon a time'." from I Put My Words in Your Mouth by Fr. Brian Pierce, OP and Fr. Victor Morales, OP
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Links of Interest
Paul Philibert discusses "The New Evangelization."