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Whoa – incredible post on prayer! August 10, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in asshatery, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Interior Life, religious, Saints.

I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Fr. Erlenbush when he got on Lila Rose and Live Action for their undercover stings of Planned Barrenhood, stating that they were sinning and lying, but of late, he’s been on a ROLL! The following is an excerpt of a lengthy post on how St. Dominic, whose feast day was recently past, prayed a Holy Hour:

“The following, then, are the special modes of prayer, besides those very devout and customary forms, which Saint Dominic used during the celebration of Mass and the praying of the psalmody. In choir or along the road, he was often seen lifted suddenly out of himself and raised up with God and the angels.”
The first way: “Saint Dominic’s first way of prayer was to humble himself before the altar as if Christ, signified by the altar, were truly and personally present and not in symbol alone.”
The second: “Saint Dominic used to pray by throwing himself outstretched upon the ground, lying on his face. He would feel great remorse in his heart and call to mind those words of the Gospel, saying sometimes in a voice loud enough to be heard: O God, be merciful to me, a sinner. [Luke 18:13]”
The third: “At the end of the prayer which has just been described, Saint Dominic would rise from the ground and give himself the discipline with an iron chain, saying, Thy discipline has corrected me unto the end [Psalm 17:36]. This is why the Order decreed, in memory of his example, that all the brethren should receive the discipline with wooden switches upon their shoulders as they were bowing down in worship and reciting the psalm Miserere  [Psalm 50] or De Profundis [Psalm 129] after Compline on ferial days.” [Do Dominicans still practice the discipline?  Why does there seem such an opposition to this practice today?]
The fourth: “After this, Saint Dominic would remain before the altar or in the chapter room with his gaze fixed on the Crucified One, looking upon Him with perfect attention. He genuflected frequently, again and again. He would continue sometimes from after Compline until midnight, now rising, now kneeling again, like the apostle Saint James, or the leper of the gospel who said on bended knee: Lord, if Thou wilt, thou canst make me clean [Matthew. 8:2].”
The fifth: “When he was in the convent, our holy father Dominic would sometimes remain before the altar, standing erect without supporting himself or leaning upon anything. Often his hands would be extended before his breast in the manner of an open book; he would stand with great reverence and devotion as if reading in the very presence of God. Deep in prayer, he appeared to be meditating upon the words of God, and he seemed to repeat them to himself in a sweet voice.”
The sixth: “Our holy father, Saint Dominic, was also seen to pray standing erect with his hands and arms outstretched forcefully in the form of a cross.”
There is so much more at the link! Go check it out!  Fr. Erlenbush reminds:
What is particularly notable about all these ways of prayer is that the body is united to the soul in offering worship and adoration to the living God. This is one reason why many fail in prayer: They do not realize that the postures of the body are generally necessary for the disposing of the soul toward meditation. This is why Archbishop Fulton Sheen insisted that a holy hour be done kneeling, rather than seated [I always strive to kneel when making a Holy Hour!]
One more bit of advice on prayer, the foundation of all of our relations with God, and through Him, our fellow man: “Lest any should think that the period of daily meditation were alone sufficient to the Christian soul (as though continual union with God throughout the day were not necessary)……..[great interlude on St. Dominic here]…….Why waste our time listening to music while driving in the car? Rather, we ought to reach for our Rosary and use it well – recalling that God gifted St. Dominic with great insights during his travels.
Do yourself a favor, and read all of it at Fr. Erlenbush’s site.
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