The founder of the religious order, the Dominicans, whom we honor today had a deep prayer life that led him to share his love of God with others. The Dominicans are officially known as the Order of Preachers and their motto is: “To contemplate the truth and to share with others the fruit of contemplation.” As we pray for the Holy Spirit to move the hearts of the Christians of the Western World, let us ask St. Dominic to intercede for us as we reflect on part of Pope Benedict’s General Audience of February 3, 2010.
I want to talk about another Saint of the same period [as St. Francis Assisi] who made a fundamental contribution to the renewal of the Church of his time: St Dominic, the Founder of the Order of Preachers, also known as Dominican Friars. His successor at the head of the Order, Bl. Jordan of Saxony, gives a complete picture of St Dominic in the text of a famous prayer: "Your strong love burned with heavenly fire and God-like zeal. With all the fervor of an impetuous heart and with an avowal of perfect poverty, you spent your whole self in the cause of the Apostolic life" and in preaching the Gospel. It is precisely this fundamental trait of Dominic's witness that is emphasized: he always spoke with God and of God. Love for the Lord and for neighbor, the search for God's glory and the salvation of souls in the lives of Saints always go hand in hand. …This great Saint reminds us that in the heart of the Church a missionary fire must always burn. It must be a constant incentive to make the first proclamation of the Gospel and, wherever necessary, a new evangelization. Christ, in fact, is the most precious good that the men and women of every time and every place have the right to know and love! And it is comforting to see that in the Church today too there are many pastors and lay faithful alike, members of ancient religious orders and new ecclesial movements who spend their lives joyfully for this supreme ideal, proclaiming and witnessing to the Gospel.