Sunday, 24 August 2008

Trip to Dominics Country

I have been away from my computer for almost three weeks now!
What a blessing! I must say I didn't miss it at all...

Now a short post on our pilgrimage to places in the South of France and North of Spain where St. Dominic was born and started to preach the Gospel... hence we call it Dominic's country.
Our trip started by arriving by plane in Carcassonne after which we travelled and stayed in Prouille, visited Fanjeaux, Toulouse, Caleruega (Spain) and ended the 10 day trip in Lourdes.
It was very enjoyable to join in prayer with the Dominicans from all the different countries while visiting these places of pilgrimage.

The trip was a real spiritual journey I found. Although we did a lot of travelling, I found it very touching to walk on the same paths and stay in the same places where our holy father St. Dominic has been 800 years ago.

Especially Caleruega was very special in eyes. Here, the birthplace of St. Dominic, he has grown up, and learned to pray and grew in love of God. Then after his studies for the priesthood he lived for quite a long time a relatively sheltered and contemplative live as a Canon in the cathedral of Osma, which we visited. It was only then, after growing in knowledge and love of God through contemplation that he embarked on the preaching mission as he discovered the need for this on a mission with his bishop which guided them through the south of France.

Once more I really felt this as being the way I am called too. St. Dominic shared the fruit of his years of study and contemplation, and his intimate relation with, and love for God with others through his preaching. It is this love that radiated from him that made him such a powerful preacher. That is in my eyes the example, that not only we as Dominicans but all Christians, should have in front of us: we share the fruits of our contemplation, so that our contemplation might bear fruit in others!
If we are genuinely seeking God and spent time with Him, He will fill our hearts with His love and make our inner being yearn for Him like a dear yearns for a running stream! Deep down we will feel the peace of knowing Christ, and others around us in our daily lives, will notice this and will start to yearn for this as well! In this way the light of Christ will shine through us!

I truly loved being around these places, and would have loved to spent more time there!

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