The last four world - leaders (Masters) of the Dominican Order served throughout the excitements and hesitations of the forty years from the opening of the Second Vatican Council to the start of the twenty - first century.
Timothy Radcliffe's writings are well known and have been translated into many languages. His Sing a New Song has won wide acclaim for its power to explore the depth that lies beneath the simplest texts, and for its wisdom. His predecessor as Master of Order of the Preachers was the Irishman Damian Byrne, and this volume includes thirteen major letters from his hand. They deal with preaching, evangelization, collaboration between men and women, the first 'assignment' of a religious, the mission carried out with the laity, and life lived in common.
Vincent de Couesnongle (who was Master of the Order from 1974 to 1983) wrote powerfully of the courage and confidence for the future that required of anyone preaching the gospel message. His texts are not only still relevant: they appear to have been written with our own day in mind. Before him, the Spaniard Aniceto Fernandez led the Order in the years of Vatican II and guided it in the renewal of religious life that was a notable fruit of the Council.
To Praise, To Bless, to Preach shows how Christian faith, in the Domincan tradition, takes flesh; and propses a dialogue with society in a search where everyone has a stake: the search for meaning and hope.
Edited by Michael Monshau OP What is the point of preaching? Does it bore God as well as the hearers?...
By Augustine Valkenburg OP The lives of Peter Higgins (died 1642) and Terence Albert O’Brien (died 1651), beatified in 1992....