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'First contemplate, then teach'- Pope reminds Dominicans of founder's words

August 04, 2016

Pope Francis encouraged Dominicans to emphasize preaching, evangelization, and charity in their works, in an August 4 address to participants in the order’s general chapter.

The Pope cited the words of St. Dominic: “First contemplate, and then teach.” Preaching, he said, can only be successful when it is based on a deep personal life of prayer, which in turn will be evidenced by acts of charity.

Pope Francis joked that he was spending the day as “a Jesuit among friars,” reminding the Dominicans that after his meeting with them he would be traveling to Assisi to make a personal pilgrimage at the Franciscan shrine.


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  • Posted by: aclune9083 - Aug. 04, 2016 9:17 PM ET USA

    One is reminded of the old saw: There are three things of which the Pope cannot be sure: What the Fransiscans own, what the Jesuits believe, and what the Dominicans teach.