Many Dominicans would say that Dominican spirituality
is hard to define, because we are always seeking new ways to express
God's touch in our lives. Fundamentally, the Order is defined by
its preaching mission.
We find ourselves using phrases that succinctly say what is in
our hearts. To Praise, To Bless to Preach, is a
way of living life that is aware that all of creation is a gift
from God, thus we give glory to God in praise. All of
life is a moment when God wants to infuse us with grace, and so
we bless those around us and ask God's blessing on the
world. All of life is a Word from God, so our urge is to preach it.
Seeking the Truth is another way in which
Dominicans would describe our spirituality. We are seekers
of light, insight and an ever deepening understanding of other
people, the world around us and the action of God. The Dominican
torch is a frequent symbol of that light. We might say that
our vocation is rooted in a fearless search for truth. We are
the flame of that truth (Veritas).
share with others the fruits of contemplation: (Contemplata
aliis Tradere) Dominicans live a life that is both active
contemplation and contemplative action. Like
breathing in and out, we know that to be effective preachers
we need both: to contemplate the Word and the world and at
the same time, our reflection on the world demands a clear
and free response to need which brings us to action. So we
act contemplatively and contemplate actively. Learn
more about contemplative tradition.
Dominicans also describe themselves as devoted to four
key values, sometimes
called pillars of Dominican Life: prayer, study, community and ministry.