During the year Catholics the world over set aside days to mark
and remember the efforts of saints who worked for God and the
Church. The day set aside for the remembrance of a specific saint
is known as a Feast Day, and time is set aside to attend mass,
say special prayers, or participate in special meals or celebrations.
St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers (the Dominicans)
was a man who led an austere life dedicated to God. He traveled
widely, but always in humility, without pomp or retainers, and
often even without his shoes.
He was dedicated to education, believing that knowledge would
open peoples' eyes to the truth about the Lord. He is the patron
saint of scientists, astronomers and astronomy, all of which reflect
his love of learning and spreading knowledge.
St. Dominic's Feast Day is August 8th. Originally celebrated
on August 4th, the day of his death, it was moved to the 8th after
the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council. He died
on August 6th, 1221, on the Feast of the Transfiguration. The
Feast of St. Dominic is widely celebrated, as he is a powerful
figure in Church history.
He was well-known even in his lifetime as a great and holy man;
so much so that Dante's poem Paradiso includes lines about Saint
Dominic and his work. On the Feast Day of St. Dominic many people
say prayers for guidance and light, much as the saint himself
saint dominic quotes:
"Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword;
wear humility rather than fine clothes."
St Dominic Quotes:
"I kept on digging the hole deeper and deeper looking for
the treasure chest until I finally lifted my head, looked up and
realized that I had dug my own grave."
A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must
either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be
a hammer than an anvil.
-Quote of St. Dominic de Guzman
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