The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic

VIII

Thoughtful Reading


St. Dominic had another beautiful way of prayer which he used after meals. He would go sit down in some place by himself in a room or somewhere to read or pray, recollecting himself in himself and fixing himself in the presence of God. He would sit quietly, sign himself with the cross, open some book, and then read. The sweetness of what he read would touch his mind, as if God were speaking to him.

As if he were discussing something with a friend, he would race on ahead in his mind and words, then quietly read. Sometimes he would weep, then laugh aloud. In this way he passed from reading to meditation to contemplation like Moses was said to do.


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