As a secular Franciscan, I remember the rivalry between the followers of Saints Francis and Dominic. It’s an inherited memory from the thirteenth century! Competing for vocations, I think (surprise!) the Franciscans had the more enticing pitch. The aspirant’s choice of a religious order – to assure a blissful hereafter – was a weighty affair. The pitch was simple. Compare the Augustinian Rule of Life (professed by the Dominicans) and the Four Gospels (claimed as their Rule of Life by the Franciscans) and ask yourself which was the surer bet. Old rivalries aside, we honor St. Dominic’s feast day on August 8th with the audio CD series, “30 Remarkable Saints.” Featuring saints from Augustine to Vincent de Paul, Fr. John Jay Hughes offers a primer on these eminent Christian witnesses. The segment about St. Dominic opens with the Second Vatican Council’s admonition that the Church must walk the path of renewal. St. Dominic called the clergy to intellectual and moral renewal and founded the Order of Preachers for an authentic proclamation of scripture. The order spread quickly from the learning centers of Paris and Bologna and remains a source of vitality today. Several women religious of the Order of Preachers actively minister within the Diocese of Orlando. Order this title from the Media Resource Center @ click here, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)
As a secular Franciscan, I remember the rivalry between the followers of Saints Francis and Dominic.