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Posted October 1, 2006

Book: The Dominican Tradition: Spirituality in History
Authors: Thomas C. McGonigle and Phyllis Zagano
Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN. 2006. Pp. 145

An Excerpt from the Jacket:

St. Dominic, who died in 1221, took to heart Jesus’ charge to make disciples of all nations. He founded a religious order, the Order of Preachers, which differed from most orders of his day. Dominic trained preachers who traveled anywhere and everywhere to spread the gospel.

The Dominicans, as members are known, continue to flourish today. The lives and writings of the men and women in this anthology show how dedicated Dominicans over eight centuries have been faithful to St. Dominic’s vision. Each represents a different facet of the spirituality lived by thousands over the centuries.

You will learn the core spiritual values that shaped their way of life. Mostly, you will come to realize that the spiritual legacy established by Dominic is as vibrant today as it was centuries ago.

An Excerpt from the Book:

Timothy Radcliffe is convinced of and dedicated to the truth. That truth exists or can be found and should be reverenced is a controversial concept that collides with postmodernity As Radcliffe said when addressing SEDOS, the Service of Documentation and Studies on Mission headquarted in Rome:

“Here we encounter what is perhaps the deepest crisis in our mission today. There is a profound suspicion of anyone who claims to teach, unless they come from the East or have some strange New Age doctrine. Missionaries who teach are suspected of indoctrination, of cultural imperialism, of arrogance. Who are we to tell anyone what they should believe? To teach that Jesus is God is seen as indoctrination, whereas to teach God is a sacred mushroom is part of the rich tapestry of human tradition! Anyway, our society is deeply skeptical of any truth claims. We live in Disneyland, in which the truth can be reinvented as we wish. In the virtual age, the truth is what you conjure up on your computer screen.

Table of Contents:

St. Dominic

Albert the Great

Thomas Aquinas

Mechtild of Magdeburg

Meister Eckhart

Catherine of Siena

Antoninus Fierozzi and John of Fiesole

Bartolome de Las Casas

Catherine de Ricci

Martin de Porres

Henri Dominque Lacordaire

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop

Georges-Yves Congar

Edward Schillebeeckx

Timothy Radcliffe

The Rule of St. Augustine