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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Feast of Saint Dominic

Lord, let the holiness and teaching of St. Dominic come to the aid of your Church. May he help us now with his prayers as he once inspired people by his preaching. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Saint Dominic is the blessed founder of the Order of Preachers, commonly known as the Dominican Order, he was born at Calaroga, in Old Castile, c. 1170, and died August 6, 1221 .
The birth and infancy of the Saint were attended by many marvels forecasting his heroic sanctity and great achievements in the cause of religion.
The life of St. Dominic was one of tireless effort in the, service of God. While he journeyed from place to place he prayed and preached almost uninterruptedly. His penances were of such a nature as to cause the brethren, who accidentally discovered them. to fear the effect upon his life. While his charity was boundless he never permitted it to interfere with the stern sense of duty that guided every action of his life. If he abominated heresy and labored untiringly for its extirpation it was because he loved truth and loved the souls of those among whom he labored. He never failed to distinguish between sin and the sinner. It is not to be wondered at, therefore, if this athlete of Christ, who had conquered himself before attempting the reformation of others, was more than once chosen to show forth the power of God .
On August 6, 1221, the saint died,

but before he passed on to his glory, he ordered his spiritual children around him, and he made his last request.
“These are, beloved ones, the inheritance that I leave you as my sons: Have charity among you; hold to humility; possess voluntary poverty "

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