We are all of us shaped by our environments and our communities. That is especially true with Dominicans.
When St Dominic founded the order he spoke of the sacra praedicatio, or the Holy Preaching. This is not a function to be performed, a work or a mission, but the way in which the brothers live their lives. A common fraternal life is part of any sacra praedicatio, part of our preaching.
We see this in the apostolic brotherhood gathered around Jesus and in the first Christian communities. Preachers are sent to bring to other places the shared life of prayer and charity they have experienced. Each community is ecclesial, a school of Christian life.
Our appreciation of this fraternity extends beyond our own community to include the other branches of the Dominican family, the nuns, active sisters, and laity, as well as the local Church.
The integral nature of Dominican community life lies in the fact that the community continually shapes, supports and challenges each friar.
More than just residences, a Dominican community (priory) is a home – a place where the friar lives, prays, recreates and continually encounters Christ in his brothers. Because of this, it is often the starting point for preaching.
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There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
-St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.