- Monday, 24 May 2010 07:30
Rejoice to the full in the glory that is yours,
alleluia, and give thanks to God, alleluia, who called you to his kingdom,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
God of truth, you graciously enlightened your
Church by the merits and teaching of Saint Dominic, your confessor and our
father. By his prayers grant that the Church may never lack for temporal help,
and may grow ever richer in spiritual blessings.
From the Preface for today’s
Mass it is prayed:
We praise and bless you today because you called our Father
Dominic to enrich the church by renewing the apostolic way of life. Disciple of
Christ, the very Christ who became poor for our sake, Dominic called the lost
and the wandering home by preaching the Good News. He gathered a band of
preachers together. Nourished by the light of sacred study they gave themselves
without reservation to the proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord.
memorial for the Order of Preachers is not often celebrated anymore because it
conflicts with the larger and more significant observance of Our Lady Help of
Christians. But originally this liturgical observance marked the first time the
mortal remains of Saint Dominic were moved having been first buried in the
Church of Saint Nicholas of the Vineyards, Bologna, Italy. Because of the healings at Dominic’s
intercession made his sons apprehensive to accept the miracles, Pope Gregory IX
order that Dominic’s body be moved to a marble sepulchre. The translation took place on
Pentecost, May 24, 1233, which marked the beginning of the canonization
process. At the conclusion of the process Pope Gregory IX canonized Dominic a
saint on July 3, 1234. In 1267,
Dominic’s body was moved a second time, to his present tomb.
- Friday, 21 May 2010 07:00
God of all mercy, you made Blessed Columba shine forth
by the innocence of her life and by her zeal for peace. By the
help of her teaching may we live together in unity and
serve you with pure minds.
Blessed Columba of Rieti (1467-1501), even before
her formal religious life began she made private vows to the Lord, had mystical
visions, bi-located and was known to be a model of holiness. She, at the
request of a bishop, began a third order convent of sisters. Accused of
terrible things by one Borgia pope became a counselor to another, whom she
called to repentance. She was much beloved by the people.
- Thursday, 13 May 2010 07:00
Lord Jesus Christ, you received into heaven Blessed Imelda who loved you in the eucharistic banquet. By her prayers may we learn to approach your holy table with that same fervent love and so fulfill our longing to be with you, who live and reign with the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Blessed Imelda (1322-1333) is the patroness of young people receiving their First Holy Communion. An apt saint to ask for intercession from during this time of the year when so many young people are receiving the eucharistic Lord. Imelda entered the convent at age 9 but couldn’t receive Holy Communion until see was 14, on the vigil of the Ascension; she died immediately thereafter in perfect communion with the Lord.
- Wednesday, 12 May 2010 09:16
O God, in the midst of the royal court you
strengthened Blessed Jane with purity of heart. By her
prayers may your faithful turn from the things of earth and seek after
the things of heaven.
Blessed Jane (1452-1490) was the daughter of King
Alphonse of Portugal who entered a Dominican convent who lived with openness to
God’s invitation to a life of purity of heart. She was a capable rule of her
father’s kingdom; because the continuation of her family’s rule of Portugal was
questionable because of her brother’s poor health, Jane didn’t take vows as a
Dominican nun until a prudent decision could be made to secure the dynasty.
Until her profession of vows she lived at a convent of nuns according to their
rule and doing works of charity with her money.
- Monday, 10 May 2010 12:00
The fear of the
Lord is holy, abiding for ever. The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of
Eternal God, you blessed Saint Antoninus with a marvelous gift of
counsel. By the help of his prayers while we walk in the darkness of this life,
may we learn from a light of Christ all that we ought to do.
Saint Antoninus (1389-1459) was a Dominican friar was known for his evangelical zeal, holiness, the desire to live the Dominican life with integrity, the desire to attend to the poor, the reconciliation of sinners, and harmonious workings of society, both political and economic. He is the author of several books, including his own Summa theologica. His liturgical memorial is observed today even though on the Roman Maryrology the observance is noted for May 2.
From the Vita
required of himself the most unflinching observance of the Rule of his Order,
and never ate meat unless he were grievously ill. He slept upon the ground or
upon bare boards. He always wore haircloth, and sometimes an iron girdle which
bit into his naked skin. His virginity he kept ever undimmed by the last breath
or shadow. He was so skillful in giving advice that he gained the common
nickname of Antoninus the Counselor. At the same time so beautifully brilliant
was his lowliness, that even when he was at the head of houses and provinces of
his Order, he most cheerfully underook all the meanest services of the house
where he was. Eugenius IV appointed him Archbishop of Florence, and he took it
so ill, that it was only when awed by the threats of the Apostolic See that he
obeyed, and accepted the dignity.