Feast of the day

ST DOMINIC Priest (1170-1221)

8/8/2020 12:00:00 AM


        St. Dominic was born in Spain in 1170. As a student, he sold his books to feed the poor during a famine, and offered himself as ransom for a slave.

        At the age of twenty-five, St. Dominic became superior of the Canons Regular of Osma, and accompanied his Bishop to France. There, his heart was well-nigh broken by the ravages of the Albigenian heresy, and his life was henceforth devoted to the conversion of heretics and the defence of the Faith. For this end, he established his threefold religious Order.

        The convent for nuns was founded first, to rescue young girls from heresy and crime. Then a company of apostolic men gathered around him, and became the Order of Friar Preachers. Lastly came the Tertiaries, persons of both sexes living in the world.

        God blessed the new Order, and France, Italy, Spain, and England welcomed the Preaching Friars. Our Lady took them under her special protection, and whispered to St. Dominic as he preached. It was in 1208, while St. Dominic knelt in the little chapel of Notre Dame de la Prouille, and implored the great Mother of God to save the Church, that Our Lady appeared to him, gave him the Rosary, and bade him go forth and preach. Beads in hand, St. Dominic converted herectics by the multitudes, with a victory that overcame heresy against overwhelming odds.

        His nights were spent in prayer; and, though pure as a virgin, thrice before morning broke he scourged himself. His words rescued countless souls, and three times raised the dead to life.

        At length, on the 6th of August, 1221, at the age of fifty-one, he gave up his soul to God.