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"W Drodze" is a monthly periodical produced by the Polish Dominicans since 1973. The magazine tries to raise significant issues for the modern person, listening to people's problems, and looking for answers to difficult questions. As such, the magazine does not just focus on matters of faith and the Church, but tries to include all that concerns our life. Since January 2012, the magazine has been available on Kindle, in a bid to reach out to the young. 

The July 2012 issue of the magazine contains not only read serious theological articles about the Dominicans but also a thriller. Entitled ‘Officium Secretum’, and written by the Polish writer Marcin Wroński, the story takes place in a fictional Dominican convent in Poland which becomes the scene of suspicions, betrayal but also of forgiveness. It touches on vital problems affecting the Polish nation, such as dealing with the legacy of communism.

The main theme of this issue are Dominicans themselves. We want to share what is still fascinating for us in our Order, remembering that the Order of Preachers is a community of ordinary human beings, sent to preach to ordinary people that the Son of God really became a human being like us, writes fr.Wojciech Dudzik, one of the editors of ‘W drodze’

Another article considers if Dominicans are justly associated with the political left wing. Three members of the Order give various answers to that question. Fr. Tomasz Gałuszka gives a portrait of St Dominic in his article that dispells the persistent myths about him having been an inquisitor. Nevertheless Dominic believed that he was sent to the heretics to preach the Word of God to them. In medieval stories, the left side was always reserved for heretics, hardened sinners and apostates – these are natural areas of the Dominican’s work. Fr. Prof. Jan Andrzej Kłoczowski, an outstanding scholar, states that Dominicans are rather conservative but far from extremisms because their formation is founded on the perennial theology of St Thomas Aquinas. Finally, fr. Timothy Radcliffe thinks that a left/right division is not a good way of approaching the Faith. Catholics are conservative because they love tradition but at the same time they long for the Kingdom of God, so they are also progressive.

The July 2012 issue also contains many worthwhile thoughts on preaching. For example, fr. Timothy challenges us with the following thought: There is no preaching without listening. Then, Katarzyna Kolska in her article about Dominican homilies and preachers quotes fr. Wojciech Dudzik among many other Polish Dominicans: [A homily] should answer the question of what I should do with the Gospel I have just heard. The Gospel is not for reading, it is for doing.

Moreover, there are also two interesting reports in the magazine about Dominican life and mission. Anna Sosnowska visits cloistered Dominican nuns in Radonie and writes about their hidden life. Also, there is a fascinating concise history of Polish university chaplaincies led by the Dominicans (written by Stanisław Zasada). Finally, 'religion in provocative art' is a theme covered by two thought-provoking articles. In Jerzy Sosnowski’s opinion, people of faith should discern if an act of artistic provocation really attacks God and faith, or maybe it just pushes them out of their comfort zone.