St. Dominic Offers Himself as Ransom

Stained glass window from St. Dominic's Church in Washington, D.C. Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.
Stained glass window from St. Dominic’s Church in Washington, D.C.
Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.

The following reflection is part of an ongoing series about the life of St. Dominic & the Order of Friars Preachers.

A second example of Dominic’s heroic charity occurred while he was still a student in Palencia. To secure the freedom of a man held in slavery by the Moors, Dominic, whose funds had been exhausted during the time of the famine, offered to sell himself as ransom for the prisoner. Although the slave traders rejected his proposal, Dominic’s efforts are a reminder of the profound importance of charity in Christian living and serve as a template for the church today as it conducts its works of charity and social justice.

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. (a member of the English Province) was invited by the Dominican Foundation to take pictures of some of the locations where our friars serve throughout the Northeast. During his time in Washington, D.C., Fr. Lew photographed the interior of the Church of St. Dominic. St. Dominic’s has been the church where our friars are ordained to the priesthood each May. Surrounding the church, is a collection of beautiful stained glass windows that chronicle the life of St. Dominic & the foundation of the Order of Preachers. Fr. Lew accomplished a great work by capturing the splendor of these windows, and in the process, the life of a towering saint.