Saint Dominic

Saint of the Day:  Dominic de Guzman

Spanish, b. 1170, d. 1221

Strictly adhered to the Rule of Saint Benedict; led a contemplative life before becoming bishop of Osma in 1201; founded the Order of Preachers (OP) in France, also called the Dominicans, which was dedicated to the conversion of the Albigensians (believed matter was evil); spread of the Rosary is attributed to Saint Dominic

Dominican motto:  give to others the fruits of your contemplation

mission:  to radiate the presence of Christ in the midst of the peoples so that the divine message of salvation be known and accepted everywhere by the whole of humankind

patron of astronomers

symbols include dog with torch, lilies, book and staff, rosary, star on forehead

A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.

Rather than sleep, Saint Dominic often held vigil during the night, asking, Question of the Day:  O my God, what will become of sinners?

As he was dying, Saint Dominic said to his brothers:

Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death, and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.

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