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Saint Dominic de Guzman

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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)
If you have time, you’ll want to read The Life of Saint Dominic from the Vitae Fratrum.
Also, there is last year’s post here.
Saint Dominic, model of the New Evangelization, pray for us!

Blessed Constantius of Fabriano

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.

Blessed Christopher of Milan

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.

Saint Raymond of Peñafort

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O God of mercy, source of grace,
Who draws us all to seek your face,
We give you thanks for this, your saint,
Who served you long without complaint.
As lawyer for the Church, his light
For sinners shone forth, calm and bright,
Friar and Master Gen’ral, he
Sought in his life Christ-like to be.
O Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
Let all our hymns of praise addressed
To you, on this Saint Raymond’s day,
Give us all grace to walk your way.
J. Michael Thompson
Copyright © 2009, World Library Publications
People joke that heaven has few lawyer saints. And we know that jokes sometimes betray some truth. We have not only a lawyer who’s a saint, but a nobleman, priest, religious, lawyer, editor, author, and a bishop who is a saint. Not bad. Today’s liturgical memorial is a Dominican priest of Spanish nobility with an earned doctorate in canon and civil law. At 41, Raymond of Peñafort entered the Order of Preachers and then called by Pope Gregory IX to Rome to be his confessor and to work on some crucial projects for the Church. He’s known as the editor of papal decrees, author of the famous Summa de casibus poenitentiæ and for 2 years was the archbishop of Tarragona, Spain, before being elected the Master of the Order of Preachers. It is said that he encouraged Saint Thomas Aquinas to write the Summa contra gentiles.

Saint Catherine of Siena: ambassador, woman of holiness & spiritual mother

Pope Benedict spoke in his General Audience today of the great 14th century Dominican sister, Saint Catherine of Siena, holy woman, ambassador, truth-speaker, Doctor of the Church and spiritual mother. His choice of saint could not have been better since the presence of many of the new cardinals were in attendance. Rome Reports provides a brief video clip on the papal address.

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Today I would
like to speak to you about a woman who has had an eminent role in the history
of the Church. She is St. Catherine of Siena. The century in which she lived —
the 14th — was a troubled time for the life of the Church and for the
whole social fabric in Italy and Europe.

However, even in
the moments of greatest difficulty, the Lord does not cease to bless his
People, raising men and women saints who stir minds and hearts, bringing about
conversion and renewal. Catherine is one of these and still today she speaks to
us and pushes us to walk courageously toward sanctity to be disciples of
the Lord in an ever fuller sense.

Born in Siena in 1347 to a very numerous
family, she died in her native city in 1380. At 16, moved by a vision of St.
Dominic, she entered the Dominican Third Order, in the feminine branch called
the Mantellate. She stayed with her family and confirmed the vow of virginity
she made privately when she was still an adolescent; she dedicated herself to
prayer, penance, and works of charity, above all for the benefit of the sick

her fame for sanctity spread, she became the protagonist in an intense activity
of spiritual counsel, dealing with all categories of persons: nobles and
politicians, artists and ordinary people, consecrated persons, ecclesiastics,
and including Pope Gregory XI, who at that time resided in Avignon and whom
Catherine exhorted energetically and effectively to return to Rome. She
traveled a lot to solicit the interior reform of the Church and to foster peace
between states. For this reason also the Venerable John Paul II declared her
co-patroness of Europe: so that the Old World would never forget its Christian
roots that are at the base of its journey and continue to draw from the Gospel
the fundamental values that ensure justice and concord.

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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]yahoo.com.
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