Dominicans, Medieval Europe, 1400-1500s

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Since we threw off all of the comforts of life to encourage a return to the Church, we possessed no material possessions and did not indulge in the technology of western Europe. Our view was that materialism was a bane to the peoples of western Europe and that wealth especially bred corruption, while a life of poverty, morality, and simplicity fostered a place with God.


Our culture was based solely upon the routine of simple life, one lived without wealth, material possessions, or the ridiculous idea of denying God. We worked alongside the Franciscans and immersed ourselves in a culture unique to any one else's. The absence of nothing except God and preaching was unheard of because the necessity of trying to live as best as possible in life overrode the even greater idea that we fathomed, which was that a simpler and more pious life would guarantee a happier existence in Heaven.


We vigorously supported the Roman Catholic church by acting as mendicants--beggars--in order to set an example to other peoples that the value of good faith overrides the necessity of wealth and easy living. In this effort, we set up reform movements to persuade heretics and other founders of movements to return to the Roman Catholic church. We traveled as possessionless friars to foreign places, begging for food and encouraging our faith.


Blog 1: 13th century
At the time of our actions as mendicants, Medieval Europe was experiencing a time of renewed religious thinking surrounding the idea of saints, sacraments, and pilgrimage, and an increasing agricultural productivity and an acculumation of wealth created the fear that Europe would be overrun by materialism, a blasphemy that would uphold the idea of religious icons, which was unacceptable to followers of God. While Benedictine monasteries preached just as we did, they gave leisure to their followers, which, to us, further worsened the situation of becoming reliant on material things and the physical pleasures of life.
Blog 2: 13th century
We worked in conjunction with the Franciscans, who similarly became mendicants like us, and used their piousness and begging to persuade wavering people to return to the Roman Catholic church. Both of our groups were founded by saints--specifically, St. Dominic and St. Francis, who exercised the poor, humble lifestyles that we employed in order to regain converts and perhaps gain some new ones. While the Franciscans are not mentioned as frequently as us, their contributions were equally important, since the differences between our actions differed very little with the exception of the saint we happen to revere the most.
Blog 3: 13th century
We faced alot of opposition from those wretched heretics--primarily the Bogomils, Cathars, and Waldensians. They not only resisted our attempts at returning them to the Roman Catholic church, but did so in a radical, unacceptable manner that {thank the Holy Spirit Guy who made the Earth, white-bearded man, father of Jesus, really cool, GOD} Pope Innocent III suppressed with a series of military interventions that drove all three heretic groups into practical extinction. It serves them right for trying to resist the authority of the church.

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Bentley, Jerry H and Ziegler, Herbert F, Traditions and encounters: A global perspective on the past, Published by McGraw Hill, Copyright 2006, 2003, 2000
Society of St. Pius, District of Asia, published by Julimy Design,
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