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"Of all our resources, water is one of the most precious. Where it is available, civilization may flourish; when water disappears, vast cities, businesses, and cultures are doomed... St Dominic was …More
"Of all our resources, water is one of the most precious. Where it is available, civilization may flourish; when water disappears, vast cities, businesses, and cultures are doomed... St Dominic was a dispenser of the waters of wisdom. "Where shall wisdom be found? Whence comes it?" The question "What is wisdom?" is one that has challenged great minds in every age, and we can learn from them something of the nature of wisdom and St Dominic. There is more to human living that food and drink; "Man does not live by bread alone," as Christ once said... It may be safely assumed that St Dominic did not know much about the natural sciences; in those days, few people did, and what they knew was elementary. The hour of natural science had not yet struck. But Dominic was outstanding in the other two departments of wisdom: He was a sound, clear-headed theologian, and at the same time sensitive and docile to the Holy Spirit... How refreshing to see a saint like Dominic, a man marked by breadth of vision and by a total lack of narrow-mindedness. How heartening to see his calm acceptance and evaluation of facts, and his judicious, far-sighted adaptation of them, always keeping his goal in view. One does not picture him as a prisoner of the immediate present, although he lived in it; nor as a man harried and worried by a sea of complications and details. Decision, clarity, effectiveness attended him. Looking back, we can see that his solution was so perfect that it betrays something of the divine wisdom that inspired it. Dominic was a wise, wise man." – Fr Richard Murphy OP. Detail from the fresco of St Dominic reading in one of the cells of San Marco, Florence. It was painted by Blessed Fra Angelico in the 1430s.

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