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Br Rui Lopes: first communication to lay Dominicans

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Dear brothers and sisters in St Dominic,

It is with great joy that I send you this first communication in this new network of communications with lay Dominicans throughout the world. I believe that this can be of assistance in maintaining our communication, and also sharing what we do and experience in many languages, but always in unity of hearts.

As for me, I shall use it to share what I do, some reflections that I consider useful, topics for reflection etc. I promise to meet with you here at least once a month.

I must thank Edoardo Mattei for this project, which was born of an idea of his and developed in our fraternal conversations.

First of all, an introductory reflection to begin our meetings on this website.

I am writing this a few days before the official debut of this page: 7 November, All Saints of the Order, and also exactly a year after the opening of the Jubilee. I am writing on All Saints Day. These dates lead us to walk under the mark of holiness! The celebration of the Jubilee of the Order, which we are celebrating, is not to be seen as a moment of triumphalism, no – we are called in the course of the Jubilee to set forth once again, to go more deeply to the roots of our vocation in order to live it more profoundly – this vocation that ceaselessly calls us to go and preach the Gospel, in accordance with the motto of the Order that is offered to us.

Certainly this must be done following the many lay persons, men and women who down the centuries have lived the Dominican charism in lay life.  For them, everything began with listening to preaching, the Dominican style of approach to the Word of God touched them so deeply that many of them changed their way of life and, while remaining lay, adopted a Gospel lifestyle. There are two forms of this lifestyle: first, a life suited to this preaching, and secondly, the taking of initiatives to make this interior life concrete in a living witness. In fact, they founded hospitals, houses to welcome poor people and pilgrims; they visited the sick; they accompanied prisoners all the way to their death; and they were a living presence in the towns and villages where they were recognised as members of the Order of St Dominic.  But I would like to emphasise the spiritual dimension of their lives. The Rule of Munio de Zamora, even with all the historical imprecisions, projects a spiritual life for the laity of the Order and outlines a programme of spiritual life.  Later, in his recommendations, St Antoninus of Florence insists on a spiritual life that is profound, but appropriate to the lay condition.

I wonder whether the spiritual, life of the laity nourishes a lay life or is still an imitation of the spirutal life of priests and religious. This is a question I should like to be given true reflection within our fraternities. Do the lay members of the Order have a true support for their preaching of the Gospel in the manner in which they pray? Do they have a spiritual programme  suited to the lay dimension?

Under the mark of holiness we are called to reflect on the call in these words: “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16).

Today in Sweden the Holy Father said that holiness is also happiness. I wish you this happiness that is found in a life in which God dwells in our hearts.

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(Cliquez ici pour la version française)(Haga clic para la versión española) Dear brothers and sisters in St Dominic, It is with great joy that I send you this first communication in this new network of communications with lay Dominicans throughout the world. I believe that this can be of assistance in...
<em>(Cliquez <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/slider/rui-lopes-premiere-communication-laics-dominicain/">ici pour la version française</a>)(Haga <a href="http://www.fraternitiesop.com/promoter-general/fr-rui-lopes-primera-comunicacion-los-laicos-dominicos/" target="_blank">clic para la versión española</a>)</em> Dear brothers and sisters in St Dominic, It is with great joy that I send you this first communication in this new network of communications with lay Dominicans throughout the world. I believe that this can be of assistance in maintaining our communication, and also sharing what we do and experience in many languages, but always in unity of hearts. As for me, I shall use it to share what I do, some reflections that I consider useful, topics for reflection etc. I promise to meet with you here at least once a month. I must thank Edoardo Mattei for this project, which was born of an idea of his and developed in our fraternal conversations. First of all, an introductory reflection to begin our meetings on this website. I am writing this a few days before the official debut of this page: 7 November, All Saints of the Order, and also exactly a year after the opening of the Jubilee. I am writing on All Saints Day. These dates lead us to walk under the mark of holiness! The celebration of the Jubilee of the Order, which we are celebrating, is not to be seen as a moment of triumphalism, no – we are called in the course of the Jubilee to set forth once again, to go more deeply to the roots of our vocation in order to live it more profoundly – this vocation that ceaselessly calls us to go and preach the Gospel, in accordance with the motto of the Order that is offered to us. Certainly this must be done following the many lay persons, men and women who down the centuries have lived the Dominican charism in lay life.  For them, everything began with listening to preaching, the Dominican style of approach to the Word of God touched them so deeply that many of them changed their way of life and, while remaining lay, adopted a Gospel lifestyle. There are two forms of this lifestyle: first, a life suited to this preaching, and secondly, the taking of initiatives to make this interior life concrete in a living witness. In fact, they founded hospitals, houses to welcome poor people and pilgrims; they visited the sick; they accompanied prisoners all the way to their death; and they were a living presence in the towns and villages where they were recognised as members of the Order of St Dominic.  But I would like to emphasise the spiritual dimension of their lives. The Rule of Munio de Zamora, even with all the historical imprecisions, projects a spiritual life for the laity of the Order and outlines a programme of spiritual life.  Later, in his recommendations, St Antoninus of Florence insists on a spiritual life that is profound, but appropriate to the lay condition. I wonder whether the spiritual, life of the laity nourishes a lay life or is still an imitation of the spirutal life of priests and religious. This is a question I should like to be given true reflection within our fraternities. Do the lay members of the Order have a true support for their preaching of the Gospel in the manner in which they pray? Do they have a spiritual programme  suited to the lay dimension? Under the mark of holiness we are called to reflect on the call in these words: “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 20:7; 1 Peter 1:16). Today in Sweden the Holy Father said that holiness is also happiness. I wish you this happiness that is found in a life in which God dwells in our hearts.

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  1. Thank you so much, Fr. Rui and Edoardo Mattai! This is wonderful. Now if you can only get Fr. Rui to smile in pictures!!! LOL

    Public CommentUserThank you so much, Fr. Rui and Edoardo Mattai! This is wonderful. Now if you can only get Fr. Rui to smile in pictures!!! LOL
  2. Thank you very much to fr Rui and Edoardo Mattei for reconnecting the Lay Dominicans worldwide via our new website. Thank you fro the very informative article on the patron of my Province, Saint Martin de Porres.

    Public CommentUserThank you very much to fr Rui and Edoardo Mattei for reconnecting the Lay Dominicans worldwide via our new website. Thank you fro the very informative article on the patron of my Province, Saint Martin de Porres.
  3. I’m very happy to share this website in which we can share with everybody around the world Fr Rui now we can get in touch with everybody.

    Public CommentUserI'm very happy to share this website in which we can share with everybody around the world Fr Rui now we can get in touch with everybody.
  4. Dear brother Rui, dear Lay Dominican sisters and brothers around the world:

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S for your new website! Several times during my service as Promoter General from 2007 – 2013, I tried to promote that board of communication. A T L A S T it has been realized !! May it grow.

    Now for already 4 years serving as prior of the Dominican Friars at Cologne / Germany, I still keep all of you in my heart and prayers. In St. Dominic your brother David Michael Kammler OP

    Public CommentUserDear brother Rui, dear Lay Dominican sisters and brothers around the world: C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S for your new website! Several times during my service as Promoter General from 2007 - 2013, I tried to promote that board of communication. A T L A S T it has been realized !! May it grow. Now for already 4 years serving as prior of the Dominican Friars at Cologne / Germany, I still keep all of you in my heart and prayers. In St. Dominic your brother David Michael Kammler OP
    1. Thank you Father Kammler, O.P. for all your service and prayers. We thank God for all your dedicated and faithful accomplishments. May God continue to bless you Father Kammler. Happy 800th Jubilee.

      Public CommentUserThank you Father Kammler, O.P. for all your service and prayers. We thank God for all your dedicated and faithful accomplishments. May God continue to bless you Father Kammler. Happy 800th Jubilee.
    2. Thank you for your kind words, Father David. We remember you fondly, as well. May God be with you always.

      Public CommentUserThank you for your kind words, Father David. We remember you fondly, as well. May God be with you always.
  5. Do the spiritual requirements of Lay Dominicans reflect their way of life, or do they imitate the spiritual life of priests and religious? I wonder why the question is asked. The LFSD is flexible. A Lay Dominican’s spiritual life changes as their life changes. I certainly had more time to dedicate to fostering my spiritual life before I had children. Once the babies arrived, I had no time! Although there were occasions where I felt closer to God than ever before. But there also were times when my prayer life deepened instantaneously when a family crisis confronted me. All too soon the children were gone and I had time to schedule more personal prayer and lectio divina.
    Right now I’m adjusting to retirement. When I was working, my life was according to a regular schedule, beginning with daily Mass. However, since retirement, I struggle to wake up to attend daily Mass. I always prayed a rosary driving to work. Presently, I pray a decade here and there. Retirement is a difficult adjustment for me. But the beauty of the spiritual life in the LFSD is to continually strive for communion with God. We pray privately, we pray in common through the Divine Office and Mass, we study as we are able, and we have our apostolates. Sometimes I wish I did have the spiritual life of a friar or nun, i.e., have the ability to attend regularly scheduled Mass, rosary, Office and study time. Alas, the life of a Lay Dominican can be crazy and our spiritual life probably does reflect that. You can tell Catherine of Siena was a Lay Dominican because she said, “You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love.” Dialogue 165 Thanks be to God.

    Public CommentUserDo the spiritual requirements of Lay Dominicans reflect their way of life, or do they imitate the spiritual life of priests and religious? I wonder why the question is asked. The LFSD is flexible. A Lay Dominican's spiritual life changes as their life changes. I certainly had more time to dedicate to fostering my spiritual life before I had children. Once the babies arrived, I had no time! Although there were occasions where I felt closer to God than ever before. But there also were times when my prayer life deepened instantaneously when a family crisis confronted me. All too soon the children were gone and I had time to schedule more personal prayer and lectio divina. Right now I'm adjusting to retirement. When I was working, my life was according to a regular schedule, beginning with daily Mass. However, since retirement, I struggle to wake up to attend daily Mass. I always prayed a rosary driving to work. Presently, I pray a decade here and there. Retirement is a difficult adjustment for me. But the beauty of the spiritual life in the LFSD is to continually strive for communion with God. We pray privately, we pray in common through the Divine Office and Mass, we study as we are able, and we have our apostolates. Sometimes I wish I did have the spiritual life of a friar or nun, i.e., have the ability to attend regularly scheduled Mass, rosary, Office and study time. Alas, the life of a Lay Dominican can be crazy and our spiritual life probably does reflect that. You can tell Catherine of Siena was a Lay Dominican because she said, "You are rewarded not according to your work or your time but according to the measure of your love." Dialogue 165 Thanks be to God.

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