Blessings on the Feast of St. Dominic.

from Timothy Radcliffe:

From the beginning Dominic gathered together a family of preachers, men and
women, lay and religious, contemplatives and preachers who took to the road. We
can see inscriptions in S Sabina which talk of the Dominican Family which go
back to the beginning. It has always been part of who we are. But now we claim
that something new is happening. All over the world, sisters and lay Dominicans
are claiming their identity as preachers.

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The friendship that Jesus offers is wide and open. He welcomes in everyone. He
gets impatient when the disciples try to stop someone preaching because they do
not belong to the group of the disciples. He does not shut doors but bursts
through them. Let us embody that big hearted friendship. Let us be a sign of
that welcome, so that we may all be at ease in Dominic’s Family and know that we
belong. May Dominic liberate us from the fear that locks the doors.

God of Truth you gave your church a new light in the life and preaching of our Father Dominic.
Give us the help we need to support our preaching by holy and simple
lives. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.

From my family to yours, whoever you are.  Peace and Friendship.