Contemplare aliis tradere. To contemplate in order to give the fruits of contemplation to others. That is the connection between prayer and action. For Dominicans, it is the connection between prayer and preaching. Remember the Baltimore Catechism question about why God made us. “To know, love and serve Him in this life and to live forever with Him in the next.” All prayer should lead to God. God should be the focus of our prayer. This week we have looked, with the help of the readings, at prayer as praising, resting and thanking. Besides our own sanctification, what is all of this for?
On this feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, by looking at her example, we get an answer. It is this service of others. And if we examine the life of Saint Dominic, and the driving question he asked God (What is to become of sinners?) we understand he founded the Dominican Order for preaching and the salvation of souls. While we know Saint Mary Magdalene as one who was transformed by God’s grace, we may not always think of Mary Magdalene as the first preacher. She was the first to proclaim to the others the resurrection of Jesus.
Do you bring new life to those around you? Are you concerned with the salvation of others? Do you take the time to contemplate the love of God so as to share the power of that love to others who may not know Jesus? The purpose of prayer is to get to know God more. In prayer, we come to love God more. Authentic, true love must be shared. So, share, what God in His mercy, has done for you.