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The Feast of Saint Dominic

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Tomorrow, August 8th, is the Feast of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, otherwise known as the Dominicans. It is always appropriate to celebrate a feast on the eve of the feast. And as we are celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican order this year, we could actually celebrate Dominic everyday.

The photo above is detail of a fresco named, Madonna delle Ombre at the Convento (or now, Museo) San Marco, in Florence. Dominic holding what we call his last will and testament. According to his brothers, he gave this to us on his deathbed: ” Have charity, guard humility, hold fast to voluntary poverty.” He promised that he would continue to guide them in spirit. He died on August 2, 1221, and was buried as he wished, “at the feet of his brethren.”

Wisdom from the Meister

Soaring osprey

Soaring osprey

If the soul could have known God without the world, the world would never have been created.

– Meister Eckhart

On the Feast of Saint Catherine

To the true servant of God every place is the right place and every time is the right time.

– St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine in a moment of ecstasy - painting in Toulouse

St. Catherine in a moment of ecstasy – painting in Toulouse

 

Today Is the Feast of Our Dominican Brother, Thomas Aquinas

Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

– Saint Thomas Aquinas

Surely, there must have been times when the French countryside must have filled Thomas Aquinas with great wonder

Surely, there must have been times when the French countryside must have filled Thomas Aquinas with great wonder

The Dominican St. Albert the Great

Saint Albert the Great was a Dominican friar who lived in the 13th century. He was named, by virtue of his writings and teachings, a Doctor of the Church in 1931. He is well known for having been the teacher of another great Dominican theologian, St. Thomas Aquinas. The Dominican Friars of the Central Province name themselves after Albert the Great. You can read more and find a great many links about this saint on their website.

It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for “God is Charity” (1 John 4:8)

– St. Albert the Great

Where does love dwell? Where does God dwell?

Where does love dwell?
Where does God dwell?

Dominican Saint Martin de Porres

Saint Marin de Porres was well known for healing. He, a mestizo, never forgot his heritage and tended to the needs of the poor indigenous people of Lima. Once, after having been scolded by his superior for bringing an injured man to his room in the priory, he replied:

Forgive my error, and please instruct me, for I did not know that the precept of obedience took precedence over that of charity.

Statue of St. Martin de Porres found in Caleruega, Spain

Statue of St. Martin de Porres found in Caleruega, Spain

 

 

The Feast of Catherine of Siena

Statue of Catherine in the village of Siena, Italy

Statue of Catherine in the village of Siena, Italy

Today is the Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena (Dominican Saint, born in 1347). She wrote, “Love transforms one into what one loves.” (Dialogue 60)

Reflections:

  • Into whom or what will we be transformed?
  • How would we like to be transformed?
  • What am I doing to “make it so”?