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St Dominic sends out the Friars | by Lawrence OP
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St Dominic sends out the Friars

This window in the chapel of the Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC, shows a pivotal moment in the history of the Dominican Order.

 

on 15 August 1217, "After invoking the Holy Spirit, [Dominic] assembled the brethren and announced that, in spite of their small number, his heart's desire was to send them throughout the whole world and that they would no longer live together in their present abode. Although they were all surprised at the announcement of this unexpected plan, yet, because his evident authority of holiness animated them, they easily agreed to it in the hope that it would result in a good purpose. For he knew that grain bears fruit if sown, but, if stored, it rots."

 

As the Order prepares to celebrate its 800th anniversary, we reflect on this courageous and Spirit-led decision of St Dominic. More on the outcome of this, from a reflection given last Saturday.

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Taken on May 1, 2014