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Saint Martin de Porres

St Martin de Porress.jpgLavishly he gives to the poor; his justice stands firm forever. His head will be raised in glory.



Loving God, you led Saint Martin de Porres to the glory of heaven by the path of humility. May we follow his splendid example and so be raised on high with him.

Blessed Benvenuta Bojani

Lord, you gave Blessed Benvenuta the gifts of penance, prayer and humility. Through self-denial and contemplation on heavenly things may we too live in the Spirit and find rest and glory in you, the one God.


Born at Cividale in Friuli (Italy), Blessed Benvenuta Bojani, a consecrated virgin, and a Third Order Lay Dominican blossomed by a life of penance, prayer, and humility.

Saint Dominic de Guzman

St Dominic in Soriano PA Bocanegra.jpg

O God, Who has vouchsafed to enlighten Thy Church by the merits and teachings of blessed Dominic, Thy Confessor; grant that through his prayers she may not be left destitute of temporal help, and may continually advance in spiritual growth.

Preach we now the Word of life,
Not with show of worldly learning,
But with fervor of our faith
Open hearts to Spirit’s yearning.
Christ alone be ever knowing,
And Him crucified be showing.

Dominic, called by the Lord,
Preaching, teaching, daily blessing,
Living poor and common life,
Contemplation’s fruit expressing;
Thus he formed his Preachers boldly,
Showing graces manifoldly.

God the blessed Three in One,
Love beyond all human telling,
Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
Throned in heav’n and with us dwelling,
With the Word of Truth now feed us,
In Your holy ways now lead us.

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suggested tune: Liebster Jesu
James Michael Thompson, (c) 2009, World Library Publications


Read Msgr. Ronald Knox on Saint Dominic and the Dominicans

Saint Catherine of Siena

Santa Caterina da Siena.jpgThe Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls, who, when he had found one of great price, gave all that he had and bought it, alleluia.

We beseech Thee, almighty God, grant that we who celebrate the heavenly birth of blessed Catherine, Thy Virgin, may rejoice in her annual festival and benefit by the example of such great virtue.
If you are interested in studies pertaining to Saint Catherine, you may want to get a copy of Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching by Domincan Father Thomas McDermott.

Blessed Fra Angelico


Fra Angelico.jpgKnown in the Dominicans as Brother John from Fiesole (c. 1395-February 18, 1455), we know him best as Fra Angelico.

 

In declaring Fra Angelico the Patron of Catholic Artists in 1982, Pope John Paul II said: “Angelico was reported to say “He who does Christ’s work must stay with Christ always”. This motto earned him the epithet “Blessed Angelico”, because of the perfect integrity of his life and the almost divine beauty of the images he painted, to a superlative extent those of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

 

Fra Angelico’s grave stone in the Dominican Church of Santa Maria sopra Minerva (Rome) the epitaph says:

 

When singing my praise, don’t liken my talents to those of Apelles. Say, rather, that, in the name of Christ, I gave all I had to the poor. The deeds that count on Earth are not the ones that count in Heaven. I, Giovanni, am the flower of Tuscany.

 

When in Rome, I pay a visit to the grave of Fra Angelico to pray for the Catholic artists.

About the author

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]yahoo.com.
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