Feast of Saint Dominic
Quote of the Day
Excerpt from Meditations on Saint Dominic’s Postures of Prayer
by Father Vladimir Koudelka
The second posture of prayer: prostrate on the ground
Dominic lies stretched out on the earth (prostratio), because he is
formed out of earth and belongs to the earth. He knows that he is
dust, yet is loved by God, so that dust would be able to praise God. He
abandons himself to God, demanding nothing of Him. That makes
him quick to learn and obediently open to the Holy Spirit, who—on
account of Dominic’s humility—leads him to the Truth. He does not
set himself as the measure of things, but measures all things by the
Absolute, in whom he completely confides himself in his weakness.
With faith in the Absolute, he loudly calls out, weeps and begs on
behalf of his brothers, the ailing church, and the stricken world.
I lie stretched out on the floor and try to wish for nothing, to ask
for nothing. I contemplate my helplessness and my vulnerability,
but also the infinite and silent now of God, to whom I make myself
over. Or I try—in the spirit of the old liturgical Clamor (the loud
crying out)—to place before my eyes the concrete distress of the
Church, the world, the abused environment, of my fellow man,
and my own neediness as well, and to shout this need out loud.
I bring all things—my fellow man, events, and myself—into
relationship with God in boundless trust, without wishing for my
own solutions. My gaze is not set on gifts requested, but is directed
toward the prayer itself, so that I may enter into the plans of God.
In the intercessory prayer born out of reliance on God, I show
my solidarity with the needs of the world and the Church. I do
that following the example of the incarnated Son of God, in whom
God showed himself in solidarity with these needs and with me,
and turned Himself toward us. The requests of God and his plans
of salvation become mine as well. I desire and I await that which
God desires and awaits. This transforms me in my heart, and my
prayer becomes a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Through prayer I am not
excused from my responsibility for the ideal world and the healthy
Church. Only when I concretely commit myself to the needs of
my environment and the world around me will I become—like
Dominic—one of God’s coworkers.