The motto of the order is Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare, “To Praise, To Bless, To Preach.” The spiritual tradition of the Dominicans is marked. Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare. This is a slightly edited version of a talk that I gave to a group of Baptists on Spurgeon College's “Equipped to Minister,” course. Home • “Laudare, benedicere, praedicare”: Official Hymn of the Jubilee of the Order. “Laudare, benedicere, praedicare”: Official Hymn of the Jubilee of the Order.


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Active Prayer — as Dominicans, we are not only called to contemplate God, but to pass onto others the fruit of that contemplation. We are an active order as well as a contemplative order — lead by the Spirit, we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, visit prisoners, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and bury the dead.

We also instruct laudare benedicere praedicare ignorant,counsel the doubtful, admonish sinners, bear wrongs patiently, forgive offences willingly, comfort the afflicted, laudare benedicere praedicare pray for the living and the dead.

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Some of those are easier than others… The idea is that the contemplative prayer is the wellspring from which the active prayer is given its impetus — St Laudare benedicere praedicare of Siena spent many years in contemplative prayer before emerging to do her work in the world, helping the ill and the poor, and striving for peace between the republics and principalities of Italy and for the return of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome.

She carried on a long correspondence with Pope Gregory XI, also asking him to reform the clergy and the administration of the Papal States.

Through the Divine Office, the Mass, the Rosary, and our own private prayer, we pray for the needs of the world, the Church, and the Order. Study The Dominicans have always been associated with laudare benedicere praedicare.

They settled in Oxford when they first arrived in London, and have been associated with the great universities wherever they travelled to. Study is the other half of Dominican contemplation, balancing with prayer to ensure that both our hearts and our minds are laudare benedicere praedicare in our love for the Truth, which is Christ himself.

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Study is an act of love of God, a way of seeking Christ and pondering His love. Dominicans hold St Thomas Aquinas as a teacher and model of the Laudare benedicere praedicare life, for he displayed a thirst for truth and a willingness to seek it wherever and from whomever it may be found.

We are mendicants, beggars after truth. Community Dominican life is a communal life.

“Laudare, benedicere, praedicare”

Each fraternity meets once a month. We share a common life as far as we can, by praying, studying and discussing together.


In this way, the different gifts of each member enrich the group as a whole, and in turn, the whole Order and the world.

Each member of the fraternity laudare benedicere praedicare different talents and responsibilities, and those gifts are offered to God through the community.


In this way, our Dominican life reflects, through a laudare benedicere praedicare, darkly, the life of the God whom we seek after and preach to others. Our monthly meeting follows a set pattern. We go to Mass together, we pray together, laudare benedicere praedicare eat together, and then we study together.

Each year we have a theme for the study, and we are all expected to take a full part in the discussions, which are led by a different member of the community each month.

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Every member has something to offer the study, whether it is knowledge of Biblical Hebrew not me or knowledge of how the Laudare benedicere praedicare Israelites made bread me. What can I say? I know weird stuff.

By sharing the fruits of our knowledge, all are enriched. He was convinced the material wealth of some of the clergy was a major obstacle to the conversion of heretics, and so was determined that the friars in his order should live lives of poverty and laudare benedicere praedicare, no better off materially than those they sought to convert.


It is a story that he gave away his money and sold his clothes, his furniture and even his precious manuscripts, that he might relieve distress. When his companions expressed astonishment that he should sell his books, Dominic replied: Zeal must be met by zeal, humility by humility, false sanctity by real sanctity, preaching falsehood laudare benedicere praedicare preaching truth.

So let us arm ourselves with devout prayers and set off showing signs of genuine humility and barefooted to combat Laudare benedicere praedicare. He died in in Bologna.