Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.
Feast Day 4 August.
Saint Dominic receives The Rosary from The Virgin Mary.
Photo: 3 September 2009.
Source: Own work.
Author: Andreas F. Borchert.
Artist: Claudio Coello (1642 to 1693).
Dates: Approximately 1685.
Current location: Prado Museum , Madrid, Spain.
The Church of France was ravaged by the heresy of The Albigenses, who, not satisfied with teaching false Doctrine, pillaged the Churches and massacred the Priests. In 1215, Pope Innocent III saw in a dream the tottering walls of the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Rome, held up by the powerful shoulders of a Friar. This Friar was Saint Dominic, whose Preaching defended Catholic Doctrine against the new heresies (Epistle).
Before his birth, his mother saw in a vision, her child in the shape of a little dog, holding a torch in its mouth, which was "To Set The World On Fire".
Called "Dominic", because his parents attributed his birth to the Prayers of the Holy Benedictine Abbot, Dominic of Silos, he truly belonged to The Lord, as his name suggests.
Born in Spain, of the noble family of Gusman, he distinguished himself by his purity, as is signified by the Lily That he holds (Alleluia) and his White Habit.
Artist: René de Cramer.
Used with Permission.
Illustration: A VOICE OF ORANGE COUNTY
Having witnessed the many evils caused by the heretics in the South of France, he Founded, opposed to them, The Order of The Friars Preachers (Communion), whom he armed with The Shield of Truth, to teach Doctrine, and The Sword of The Word, to Preach it.
The Dominicans number many Saints of both sexes, who, like their Founder, ardently studied The Word of God in the Gospel, which, as Saint Dominic says, is The Book of Truth and The Book of Charity.
[The Order of The Friars Preachers (O.P.) has given to The Church, as at 1945:
Four Popes (Blessed Innocent V, Saint Pius V, Benedict XI, Benedict XIII);
Numerous Cardinals, Bishops, Doctors, Preachers and illustrious writers.
It numbers eleven Saints and four female Saints, Beatified 268 men and twenty-four Beatified
women and 300 Martyrs. The Census of The Order, in 1935, showed there were 6,000 Friars.
The Dominican Nuns in The Second Order, and in The Third Order Regular, amount to 40,000.]
Mass: Os justi.