19th Sunday in
Ordinary Time – C
The Dominican Sisters of Saint Dominic
taught me, so I’d better get an ‘A’ on this article! For my next reflection on the 50 Saints with an Obligatory Memorial and full set of orations [Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and Prayer after Communion]
is on Saint Dominic, Priest, 1170-1221, whose Feast Day is August 8.
is depicted in a simple white habit [*] holding books
or scrolls, a rosary
or roses, a staff
or walking stick. Legend says his mother dreamt he was born as a dog
with a flaming torch
in its mouth; Dominic so lit the world on fire with the Gospel he was nicknamed ‘The Hound of the Hounds.‘ His mother also saw a star over him; thus he is patron of astronomers. [* When a Dominican Bishop, Innocent V, was elected Pope in 1276, he kept his white Dominican habit, a tradition Popes still keep 740 years later!]
Collect – Dominic, Priest
May Saint Dominic come to the help of
your Church by his merits and teaching,
O Lord, and may he, who was an
outstanding preacher of your truth,
be a devoted intercessor on our behalf.
Through our Lord … for ever and ever. Amen.
PREACHERS OF GOD’S TRUTH & LOVE. Born into Spanish nobility, Dominic found most clergy so inept and worldly, in 1216 he founded an Order to set things right: the Order of Preachers. Dominicans use the initials or ‘call letters’ ‘O.P.’
after their name; my classmates and I said O.P.
stood for ‘Old Prune’ – and some Sisters said the same … even though some ‘O.P.’s’
were in their 20’s or 30’s when they taught us! Dominic combated heresy and proclaimed the Gospel with orthodox catechesis, always highlighting God’s mercy. Sadly, improper knowledge of Catholicism and rigid intolerance, even among church-goers, still greatly harms the Church!
Prayer over the Offerings – Dominic, Priest
Attend mercifully to the prayers we offer you,
O Lord, by the intercession of Saint Dominic,
and through the great power of this sacrifice
strengthen by the protection of your grace
those who champion the faith.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
CHAMPION THE FAITH. One way Dominic ‘championed’ or promoted the Faith was by encouraging devotion to our Blessed Mother
and her never-failing intercession. Contrary to popular belief, Saint Dominic did not receive the Rosary from our Blessed Mother; he had a vision of a bouquet of roses
which prompted him to promote the Rosary’s form of taking time to meditate on and teach others the Mysteries of our salvation. This is the meaning of the Dominican motto: ‘Contemplari et contemplata aliis tradere’
to “contemplate and pass on the fruits of contemplation.”
He also ‘championed’ the faith by encouraging the Crusaders and all Christians to oppose the Moors or Moslem invaders
who sought to overtake Europe and destroy Christianity. [Isn’t it amazing how little has changed in 800 years?] Many exaggerate the horror stories of the Inquisition, but Dominic was always known for his merciful, calm disposition and for never condemning the sinner but the sin. Though he won praise as he preached to the Pope and papal court, he refused being name a Bishop, choosing to work through the Priests and Religious in his Dominican Order
to reform the Church.
Prayer after Communion – Dominic, Priest
May your Church, O Lord, receive with wholehearted reverence the power of this heavenly Sacrament, by which we have been nourished on the commemoration of Saint Dominic, and may your Church, having flourished by means of his preaching,
be helped through his intercession.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE EUCHARIST: SOURCE OF STRENGTH. No one could do what Dominic or any Saint did without help from on high; and the greatest source of divine assistance is our Lord’s most Sacred Body and Precious Blood. For only by Word and Sacrament can God give us all we need! Saint Dominic, pray for us … and may WE never miss our weekly dose of the Eucharist!
In His holy Name,
Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KHS