MANILA, July 15, 2014—In a formation talk he gave Sunday, July 13, at the Santa Catalina College in Sampaloc, a renowned Filipino Mariologist discussed the special relationship the Dominicans have with the Blessed Mother, and how it continues to shape their community to this day.
“We, Dominicans, are Marian to the core,” he said, stressing that a Dominican who is a non-Marian is a contradiction in terms, an oxymoronic statement.
Lawyer Marwil N. Llasos, who is also a consecrated lay Dominican, explained that from the very beginning, Saint Dominic de Guzman had placed the Order of Preachers (O.P.), the congregation he founded, under the Blessed Virgin’s protective mantle, and has been identified with her since.
While the rosary—Mary’s Psalter—has evolved over the centuries, the important role the Dominicans played in propagating this popular devotion cannot be dismissed.
Although they have not produced towering Marian icons as the Franciscan Conventuals (O.F.M. Conv.) have in the person of Maximilian Kolbe, Llasos pointed out that the Dominicans’ unique relationship with the Queen of Heaven does not rest on a particular saint, because, he said, the entire Order itself is Marian.
Lest be accused of “Mariolatry” (Mary-worship), Llasos elaborated that the Dominicans’ deep affection for Our Lady does not in anyway detract from the Order’s inherent Christocentrism, but actually reinforces it.
According to him, only through Christ’s humanity can the faithful hope to fully encounter His Divinity.
“The Lord became human through Mary,” Llasos emphasized. (Raymond A. Sebastián)