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REVIEW Praying with the Dominicans:
To Praise, To
Bless, To Preach
by John Vidmar, OP (St. Joseph),
Foreward by Maureen Sullivan, OP
This very small book--only 78 pages--offers easy and practical prayers
for busy people, especially for apostolic Dominicans. The prayers
are relatively short quotations drawn from various sources: some
historical-classical and some quite contemporary.
Dominican authors of these short prayers include: Jordan of Saxony
and Mary Catherine Hilkert, Marie-Joseph Lagrange and Elizabeth Ann
Schaefer, Catherine of Siena and Timothy Radcliffe, Johannes Tauler
and Marian Sartain, Bede Jarrett and Simon Tugwell.
Praying with Dominicans also includes traditional prayers,
such as Dominic's Nine Ways of Prayer, "O Sacrum Convivium," Prayer
after Communion (by Thomas Aquinas), and contemporary prayers, such
as Jubilee Prayer (Dominican Nuns of Prouille) and "Maid Mary" by
This book is so different from John Vidmar's 2005 work: Fr. Fenwick's "Little
American Province"--200 Years of the Dominican Friars in the United
States. In this earlier volume, Fr. Vidmar utilized his
research experience on Dominican life as archivist for St. Joseph's
(Eastern) Province. These two works--taken together--offer
a rich blend of Dominican spirituality and Dominican history.
Carl B. Trutter, OP (St. Martin de Porres)
Since the time of St Dominic, more than 800 years ago, Dominicans have been
living and sharing the message of the Gospel. Today thousands of sisters,
nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity serve in more than 100 countries
around the globe.