St. Dominic often prayed with his arms and hands stretched out as far as they would go, in the form of a cross. This was how he prayed when God restored a young boy to life at St. Sixtus in Rome, when he rose from the ground, and when the English pilgrims were rescued from drowning near Toulouse. In this he imitated Christ on the Cross.
He did not use this form of prayer unless he knew by God's inspiration that some great miracle was to occur. He held very dear the Psalmist's words, "Lord God of my salvation, I have cried to you by day and night . . . to you I have stretched out my hands" (Psalm 87:2-10), and "Lord, hear my prayer, turn your ear to my entreaty . . . I have stretched out my hands to you" (Psalm 142:1-6).
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Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic: Earnest Intercession / Rev. 12 December 1998 / © Copyright 1998, Elizabeth T. Knuth / URL: http://www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/nineways/9ways6.html