Dominican saints & blesseds: February 2012 Archives

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Too many in the world know today's Dominican blessed for a nickname given to him more than his religious name. The Dominicans celebrate Blessed John of Fiesole, the post modern world would know him as Fra Angelico (1387-1455), people in his time also knew him as Guido. His talent and grace was indeed rare among people. Only in 1982 did the Church with Pope John Paul II recognize John's holiness.

A prior post gives a very brief history and the liturgical prayer for Blessed John's feast day here and a 2009 post is here.

Recently, a Dominican friar of the English Province spoke to Vatican Radio saying this of his friar:

" to give to others the fruit of our contemplation and painting...first to be communicated and then to be precisely the fruit of contemplation.... because vision is one of the elements of contemplation...traditionally for us heaven will mean the beatific vision..."

Blessed John, Fra Angelico as he's known, was the angelic friar: "... because of the purity, the holiness of his own life...the subject matter...the extraordinary beauty, purity reflected..."

Father Robert Ombres, OP

Raymond of Penyafort Fellow in Canon Law at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford

Blessed Jordan of Saxony

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Bl Jordan Saxony.jpegIn the Order of Friars Preachers today is the feast of day of Blessed Jordan of Saxony. Blessed  Jordan, from Paderborn, Germany (a Saxon noble) known for his piety and charity, was educated at the famed University of Paris. In 1220, he was admitted to the Order by Saint Dominic himself in and a year later was the Prior Provincial for the friars in Lombardy, and a year later he succeeded Dominic as the Master of the Order. 

Blessed Jordan's preaching was known to be powerful to the point of bringing Saint Albert the Great to the Order and by extension you might say that he brought Thomas Aquinas to the fraternity. Jordan died in a shipwreck off the coast of Syria in 1237 on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Pope Leo XII beatified Jordan in 1825.

The Collect is noted here.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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