Pilgrimage to the
Lands of Dominic - 1985
By: Barbara Cooper
The schedule says "Eucharist at Dominic's house in Fanjeaux"!
There is something intimate about being here - like visiting a friend
and sharing a cup of coffee. I imagine sitting here by the fireplace,
talking about dreams of a community of men and women preachers,
collaborating in mission. Watching, helping, while he baked his bread in
the little oven built into the fireplace. Did the children playing
outside on the street stop in to visit? How, for 13 years, did he
arrange his life in this little house; to pray, study, preach, laugh
with friends? What were his thoughts? How did he handle his
discouragement, loneliness, doubts...?
Dominic today became my brother and friend in a new
The priviledge of reading (Dt 28:1-14) at the liturgy
today fell to me. I read in English and one of the Prouille Sisters read
in French. The Nuns met us outside their cloister for prayer. Love
transcends the law, with a little creativity. We become witness to the
reality of the family - transcending language and law.
view from yard at Dominic's house in Fanjeaux
fireplace inside house
Margaret Ormonds' lecture
The Dominican life .....
The Word is the "heart" and "realization" of our life; all the elements
Prayer is the action of community, not a set of texts.