- Thursday, 03 November 2011 05:42
Today’s the feast of the great Dominican saint, Martin de Porres (1579-1639). A native of Peru, he was the son of a slave mother and a Spanish father (who weren’t married).
Martin’s holiness and charitable work is beyond compare. For a man of no education he had the reputation for wisdom that people of civil and ecclesial government along with the common person sought his counsel. One Dominican Friar told me that he and Saint Rose of Lima are two of the most popular saints from the Order of Preachers surpassing Aquinas and others. He was what we call today, “a man of the people.” Martin was the first black person to be given the habit of the Order of Friars Preachers taking vows in 1603. Blessed John XXIII canonized Martin in 1962 who called him, “Martin of charity.”
Each day I pass Saint Martin’s altar sometimes aware of De Porres’ supreme affection for Jesus and intense love for his brother and sister; other days, not so aware. But aware or not, my love for Saint Martin has only grown in recent times because I recognize in him an authentic and recognizable model of Christian charity and the desire to seek the Face of God in prayer.
Do you desire to be Christ, to follow Christ more closely? Walk on the path that Saint Martin shows….
Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us!
- Sunday, 09 October 2011 08:40
O God, through mortification of the body and preaching of the faith, you raised the blessed Louis, your confessor, to the glory of the saints; grant that what we profess by faith we may ever fulfill by works of piety.
The preaching one hears from a member of the Order of Preachers ought to lead each person to a deeper relationship with God. Saint Louis Bertrand said, “If because of your preaching men lay aside enmities, forgive injuries, avoid occasions of sin and scandals, and reform their conduct, you may say that the seed has fallen on good ground. But to God alone give all the glory and acknowledge yourselves ever unprofitable servants.”
~Saint Louis Bertrand to the young Dominican students
Let us pray through Saint Louis Bertrand’s intercession for the Church in the Americas and the Islands.
- Monday, 08 August 2011 07:41
Speaking always with you or about you, O God, beginning all his actions in contemplation, he advanced in wisdom. He brought many to Christ by his life and teaching, he devoted himself without reserve to the building up the Church, the body of Christ.
(Preface for the Mass of Saint Dominic)
Saint Dominic, model of the New Evangelization, pray for us!
- Thursday, 24 February 2011 05:19
God of justice and truth, you made Blessed Constantius renowned for his unceasing prayer and his zeal for peace.
By the help of his prayers may we walk in the path of justice
and reach everlasting peace and glory.
Here the liturgical memorial of a Dominican friar, priest and prior, Constantius (Bernocchi) of Fabriano (1410-1481), is observed. He was a 15th century Italian Dominican whose reputation, even as a child, led sinners to reconciliation with Christ and the Church. His spiritual fathers included Blesseds John Dominici, Laurence of Ripafratta and Florence’s Saint Antoninus. Constantius was a man of many austerities, prayer and service to the least. Constantius’ work as the elected head of several priories was to restore the regular life of the Dominican friars. His first miracle was the cure of his sister but always a peacemaker.
Father Constantius was beatified in 1811 by Pope Pius VII.
- Sunday, 20 February 2011 05:33
God of all truth, you made Blessed Christopher a
faithful herald of your word to the people. By his life and ministry may we
keep Christ ever in our thoughts and in the love of our hearts.
Christopher (early 15th-c.-1484) was known among his Dominican brothers as “holy and abstemious, humble and studious” and having all the ordinary virtues of a good Christian man. His apostolic work included the areas of Milan and Liguria where he drew many souls to Christ due his excellence in preaching.
Pope Pius IX beatified Christopher in 1875.
From an antiphon from First Vespers for Blessed Christopher we pray: Strengthen by holy intercession, O Christopher, confessor of the Lord, those here present, have we who are burdened with the weight of our offenses may be relieved by the glory of thy blessedness, and may by thy guidance attain eternal rewards.