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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Saint Dominic's Seventh Way of Prayer

Here St. Dominic teaches us to pray, standing straight, with our whole body reaching with folded or joined hands raised to heaven - with eyes heavenward as well.

Psalm 28 "Hear O God, the voice of my prayer - when I lift up my hands in your holy temple."

These postures are not liturgical, as if to be practiced in Church, but in our own room, with the door shut, as Jesus prescribed. Reaching, reaching! Remember when we were small: "Rise and shine, reach for the sun." Reaching to know God. Reaching to experience God. Reaching to love God. 

When I was a boy in the early 60's I was told that as Catholics there was nothing to learn from anyone else. "Cross the street if you are coming up on a Protestant Church." Only we had all truth and everyone else lived in heretical error or at best some kind of insufficiency. Most Catholics have put that away by now. The Dali Lama is the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. He teaches:
"The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, and lovers of all kinds."
Maybe in St. Dominic's 7th prayer-posture we can stretch and reach after this!


  1. That kind of thinking from your 1960's upbringing are the dangerous thoughts that lead to religious fanaticism. Can't we all just believe in what we choose to as long as it doesn't belittle or diminish the beliefs of others. The violence that results from hate runs rampant. I will reach out to God and pray for His forgiveness.

  2. "Can't we all just believe..." Indeed. I've lived nearly 65 years in the world of religion which is divisive and contentious. I find it all so tiresome and sad. I no longer use the word "orthodox" - either with a lowercase o or a captial O - because that word means: "right teaching" or "right belief." It immediately sets up divisions: I'm right therefore means "you're wrong" if you have different beliefs. So now I just say "Eastern Christianity". As for the new Catholic Colleges that call themselves 'orthodox' . The word signals battle lines. Hence zealotry, fanaticism, arrogance, divisions. Anyway, let's stretch with Saint Dominic after new hearts and new minds.

  3. As always, thank you for your presence and your guidance Father. There is so much to be learned.

  4. When Jesus came, He invited all people to come and listen but He did have one message for all, to obey His commandments. "Abide in My love, If you keep my commandments, you will abide in My love." What do you think?

  5. What do I think? I think that about sums it up. "Abide in my love." There's a lovely prayer in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer - I will look to find the exact words - but it says as much that God found us long before we ever thought of God. Indeed, remember when we were kids and there'd be an argument and we'd call to Mother - "he/she started it" - well, of course, in the spiritual life of Christians, God has started it - and the most over-the-moon experience/expression of that is Bethlehem to Calvary to Easter Morning.