At the General Audience the Pope speaks about the spiritual style of St Dominic Guzmán
Bowing as a sign of humility; lying prostrate on the ground to ask forgiveness for his sins; on his knees in penance, participating in the suffering of Jesus; with open arms gazing at the Crucifix in contemplation; with his gaze to the sky feeling the draw of God; in the intimacy of personal meditation; seated, quietly listening. These are the nine ways of pray of St Dominic Guzmán which Benedict XVI spoke about to faithful this morning, Wednesday, 8 August, at Castel Gandolfo during their usual appointment at the General Audience. Of the founder of the order of preachers, the Dominicans, the Pontiff has already spoken about in previous catechises, underlining his fundamental contribution to the renewal of the Church in his time. This morning he want to present him as “a man of prayer” and “an example of the harmonious integration between contemplation of the divine mysteries and apostolic activity”, such that “in every moment prayer”, he said, “was the power that renewed his apostolic work and made it ever more fruitful”.