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» 08/08/2012
VATICAN
Pope: find moments to “talk with God" especially on holiday
General audience, Benedict XVI speaks of St. Domenic Guzman. The founder of the Dominicans was "in love with God" and "had no other aspiration that the salvation of souls." "The nine ways of prayer."

Castel Gandolfo (AsiaNews) - Finding "moments to pray with confidence everyday, especially during the holidays we have to take some 'time to have a conversation with God", this will also help those around us "to enter into that peace and love that we all we need. "

In the days when the Church commemorates St. Dominic de Guzman, Benedict XVI dedicated his reflection for the general audience to the founder of the Dominicans.

Speaking to the three thousand people gathered in the square before the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, the Pope, in his continuing guidance on the saints and prayer proposed "this man who loved God," at whose "school we can not but love "for our relationship with God.

St. Dominic (b.1170, d. 1221), "was a man of prayer" and "had no other aspiration that the salvation of souls, especially those that had fallen into heresy, in his time."

In the founder of the Dominicans, "we can see an example of harmonious integration of contemplation of the divine mysteries and apostolic activity." It was said of him the he always "spoke with God or of God." "This observation indicates his deep communion with the Lord and at the same time, the continued commitment to lead others to this communion with God."

Although he did not leave writings on prayer, "the Dominican tradition collected and handed down his living experience in a work entitled: the Nine Ways of Prayer". " which "helps us understand something of the inner life of the saint, helps us to learn something about how to pray".

Each of these nine ways of praying is done "always in front of Jesus Crucified," with " a corporal and spiritual attitude, that intimately interpenetrating, favor recollection and fervor. The first seven ways follow an ascending line, like the steps of a journey, towards an intimate communion with God, with the Trinity: St. Dominic prayed standing, bowing to express humility, lying prostrate on the ground to ask forgiveness for his sins, on his knees in penance to participate in the sufferings of the Lord, with his arms open staring at the crucifix to contemplate the Supreme Love, with his gaze directed towards the heavens feeling himself drawn towards the world of God."

The Pope stressed that the last two ways  " correspond to two forms of piety that the Saint normally practiced. First, personal meditation, where prayer acquires a more intimate, fervent and soothing dimension." After the Liturgy of the Hours or Mass, " St. Dominic prolonged his conversation with God, without any time limits. He would sit in an attitude of quite recollection and listening, reading a book or staring at the Crucifix. He lived these moments of his relationship with God so intensely that his reactions of joy or tears were outwardly perceptible. " " Witnesses say that at times he would go into a sort of ecstasy, his face transfigured, but immediately afterwards he would humbly resume his daily activities recharged by the power that comes from on High.." Then prayer while travelling between one monastery or another, he would recite Lauds, Sext, Vespers with companions, and, crossing the valleys and hills, contemplate the beauty of creation. At such times a hymn of praise and thanksgiving to God for so many gifts would gush from his heart, especially for the greatest wonder of all: the redemption accomplished by Christ. "

"St. Dominic - concluded the Pope - reminds us that at the origin of witnessing to the faith, which every Christian should give in the family, at work, in society, and even in moments of relaxation, is prayer, a personal contact with God; only this real relationship with God gives us the strength to live every event, especially the most suffered moments, intensely. This saint reminds us of the importance of external attitudes in our prayers. That to kneel, to stand before the Lord, to fix our gaze on the Crucifix, to pause and gather ourselves in silence, is not a secondary act, but helps to us to place ourselves, our whole person, in relation to God. Once again, I would like draw attention to the need to find moments to pray quietly everyday for our spiritual life"


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See also
08/03/2011 VATICAN
Pope: On vacation, or during work breaks, read some books of the Bible
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Pope: "Those who pray never lose hope", as Kolbe and Stein teach
08/01/2012 VATICAN
Pope: Do not be afraid to knock with confidence on the door of the Lord
08/11/2010 VATICAN
Pope: martyrdom, a form of total love of God and others
08/01/2007 VATICAN
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