The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic



He also prayed stretching his whole body upwards, like an arrow being shot straight up in the air. Sometimes he would hold his hands together, or at other times open them as if to receive something from heaven. It was thought that his supplication won the brothers of the Order the joy and delight of living out the beatitudes, accounting themselves blessed in poverty, and in preaching the Good News to the poor.

St. Dominic, at these times, seemed taken up suddenly into the holy of holies and the third heaven. After this kind of prayer, he always took prophetic stances for the Reign of God. He was sometimes heard to say, "Lord, hear the voice of my supplication while I pray to you and lift up my hands to your holy temple" (Psalm 27:2).

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