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Jesus promised: "If two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10). One of the most powerful ways we can pray as intercessors is together with others.
The final chapter of the Book of Habakkuk gives us a glimpse into the heart of an intercessor, both in praying for a mighty outpouring of grace, and in his abandonment and trust in God’s provision. Let us take Habakkuk's prayer as our own as we intercede for the many needs of the church and the world:
O Lord, I have heard of your renown, and I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
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DOMINICAN SAINTS OF OCTOBER BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES
OCTOBER 3 2017
Blessed Dominic Spadafora FRIAR AND PRIEST Born at Randazzo in Sicily about the year 1450, Dominic Spadafora received the habit at the priory of St Zita at Palermo and became a zealous preacher of the Word in Sicily and throughout Italy. He had a special devotion to the passion of our Lord and by his charity and humility converted many to the Lord, even attracting some to the Order. He founded the priory of Our Lady of Grace in Monte Cerignone, Sicily, where he remained as superior until his death on December 21, 1521. This commemoration recalls the date of the translation of his remains in 1677. .
OCTOBER 4 2017
The Feast of St. Francis ---An Enduring Friendship --St. Francis and St. Dominic
“Francis is the easiest saint to understand and love, while Dominic is the most difficult,” thus saith Chesterton.
This is sadly true for many Catholics and non-Catholics alike. When we think of St. Francis of Assisi: a joyful ever-smiling beggar standing in a lush garden, surrounded by birds, rabbits, and a tame wolf. Everything about Francis has been positive: his preaching to the birds, Canticles of the Sun, and even the newfound love for Pope Francis has propagated this pleasant image of the humble saint.
But then, there is St. Dominic. Who is he? Many, many people have no idea. Isn’t he that stern-faced preacher wearing a regal black-and-white robe who always carries a book? Didn’t the start the Inquisition? He must have been a real piece of work. Maybe he was pretty smart and all, but he doesn’t sound like a real great guy. Was he? Unknown to many, St. Francis and St. Dominic were, in reality, contemporaries and friends. Surprise!!!! We read the following story:
One summer night in 1215, during his stay in Rome, Francis had a vision: he saw Our Lord prepared to unleash the most terrible chastisements upon the world. His Most Holy Mother was making an effort to placate Him, asking His mercy and forgiveness. For this purpose, she presented two men who would labour for the conversion of the world and return a countless number of lost sheep to the fold. Francis recognised himself as one of these apostles. He did not recognise the other one, however.The following day, he was in one of the churches of Rome when suddenly an unknown person came up to him, embraced him, and said: “You are my companion, we will work together, supporting one another toward the same end, and no one will prevail against us.” Francis recognised him as the other man in the vision. It was St. Dominic, who had also received a similar vision before the meeting. When he saw Francis in that church, he immediately went to greet him, inspired by the Holy Spirit.
While in reality Dominic loved peace and the poor as much as Francis did (Dominic sold his expensive and rare theology books to feed the victims of famine!), and both had a profound Marian devotion, Francis and Dominic were indeed two very different personalities, and consequently they infused these different characters into their respective orders. The Franciscan Order is known for their simplicity in approach to life and faith. The great conversions of the Franciscans came about through the consideration of the Wounds of Our Lord, His Passion, His poverty and spirit of sacrifice. They preach with zest directly from their fiery souls, for they aim to move the will through the heart.
Meanwhile, the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Order, is the “scholarly order”; to his friars Dominic always emphasised study, because he believed that solid evangelisation wouldn’t be possible if they hadn’t studied first. The Dominican mission is an intellectual work, that is, the study and teaching of philosophy, theology, and apologetics. St. Dominic was known to spend sleepless vigils poring over his books, and later in life these study sessions transformed into nights of thorough preaching and conversions. Indeed, the Dominicans move the will by appealing to the mind.
A great similarity leads to friendship, but so also does a great dissimilarity when it is not the dissimilarity of opposition, but rather one that is complementary. One had something that the other was lacking. Together they constituted a harmonic ensemble. For this reason, they admired one another. These two holy men embraced each other and were enthusiastic for each other’s mission, because although they had different approaches, their end was essentially the same: the conversion of souls and the building of the Kingdom.
To this day, the two orders enjoy a unique and special relationship. The Franciscans celebrate St. Dominic with a Feast, and likewise the Dominicans honour St. Francis of Assisi in their calendar of saints. A Dominican event can be led by a Franciscan friar, and likewise a Franciscan ceremony may be led by a Dominican. Even in the Litany of the Saints: the names of St. Francis and St. Dominic are mentioned together!
Today, we as a Dominican Order not only celebrate our father, St. Francis, we also celebrate our centuries old friendship with the Franciscan Order. We wish you all a very blessed Feast Day! Saint Catherine of Siena said of them: "Truly Dominic and Francis were two pillars of holy Church: Francis with the poverty that was his hallmark and Dominic by his learning."
OCTOBER 5 2017
Blessed Raymond of Capua FRIAR, PRIEST AND MASTER OF THE ORDER OPTIONAL MEMORIAL. The so called second founder of the Dominican Order. Born at Capua, Italy, in 1330, Raymond delle Vigne entered the Dominicans while attending the University of Bologna and subsequently held several posts, including prior of the Dominican house in Rome and lector in Florence and Siena. While at Siena, he made the acquaintance of St. Catherine of Siena, serving as her spiritual director from 1376 and becoming her closest advisor.
Through the years he was connected with most of Catherine’s important undertakings, including the call for a Crusade against the Turks, the negotiation of peace between the papacy and Florence, and the plea made to Pope Gregory XI to depart Avignon and return to Rome. Raymond also worked to bring aid and comfort to the victims of a plague which struck Siena, and when he fell sick with the disease, Catherine nursed him back to health. Upon the start of the Great Western Schism in 1378, both Raymond and Catherine gave their support to Pope Urban VI against antipope Clement Vll. Raymond traveled to France in an unsuccessful bid to win the support of that kingdom; during the sojourn he was nearly killed by overzealous partisans of Clement VII.
He continued to strive for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in the Church, even after Catherine’s death in 1380, and was elected master general of the Dominicans As head of the order until his death at Nuremberg, he brought reforms to its houses and demanded the strict adherence to the rules laid down by St. Dominic. He also wrote biographies of Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes of Montepulciano.
Born: 1330 at Capua, Italy as Raymond delle Vigne
Died: October 1399 at Nuremberg, Germany of natural causes
Beatified: 1899 by Pope Leo XIII
OCTOBER 6 2017
Blessed Bartolo Longo LAY DOMINICAN Bartolo Longo was born in Naples in 1841 and obtained his degree in civil law at the University there. Faith was weak in the intellectual circles of the time and Bartolo had wavered in his own faith, even to the point of dabbling in spiritualism. He was converted through the work of Father Alberto Radente, O.P., and in 1872 became a Tertiary with the name Rosario. Called to promote the Rosary by divine intervention he was responsible for building the Sanctuary of our Lady of Pompeii (1876) as well as the founding of a congregation of sisters, the Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Pompeii (1877). He was zealous not only in promoting devotion of our Lady, but also in works of social justice. He died at Pompeii on October 6, 1926.
OCTOBER 7 2017
Our Lady of the Rosary FEAST From its beginning the Order of Preachers has shown special honour and devotion to Mary, Mother of God. The Rosary, which places before us, the chief mysteries of the life, passion and resurrection of our Saviour, has been one of the chief ways in which the Order has expressed this devotion. Our brother, Alan de La Roche (1428-1478) helped to define the structure of the Rosary and zealously promoted its recitation. At Douai in 1470 he established the first Rosary Confraternity. In 1476 our brother Jacob Sprenger established at Cologne the first such Confraternity which had papal approval.
Pope Saint Pius V gave the Rosary definitive form in is bull Consueverunt Romani Pontificis (September 17, 1569). Today's feast commemorates the great naval victory won by Christian forces over the Turks at Lepanto on Sunday, October 7, 1571. Pope Saint Pius V decreed that a feast in honour of Our Lady of Victories be celebrated each year on that day. His successor, Gregory XIII, transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October under the new title of the Most Holy Rosary, since it was precisely through the invocation of Our Lady of the Rosary that the victory was thought to have been gained. In the reform of the liturgy the feast was returned to its original day.
OCTOBER 8 2017
Blessed Ambrose Sansedone FRIAR AND PRIEST Blessed Ambrose was born at Siena, Italy, in 1220 and entered the Order there in 1237. Together with Thomas Aquinas and Peter of Tarentaise (Pope Innocent V) he studied at Paris and Cologne under Saint Albert the Great and he and Thomas began to teach at Cologne under Albert's guidance. In addition to teaching and preaching he was often involved in diplomatic missions for both popes and monarchs. In the midst of this activity he was able to maintain a contemplative prayer life. He died at Siena on March 20, 1287. His commemoration falls on the anniversary of the confirmation of his cult by Gregory XV on October 8, 1622.
Also Blessed Matthew Carreri FRIAR AND PRIEST was born at Mantua, Italy, around 1420 and entered the Order there in 1440. His life was marked by assiduous prayer, severe penance and an exact fidelity to regular observance, all of which prepared him for a life of apostolic preaching. So great was his charity that he once offered to deliver himself into slavery in order to rescue a mother and her daughter captured by pirates. Throughout his life Blessed Matthew laboured to promote regular observance in the Order. He died at Vigevano on October 5, 1470.
OCTOBER 9 2017
Saint Louis Bertrand FRIAR AND PRIEST MEMORIAL Saint Louis was born in Valencia, Spain, on January 1, 1526, and in 1544 entered the Order against the wishes of his parents. He came to so exemplify the ideals of Dominican life that he was appointed master of novices. Combining an austere life with zeal for spreading the gospel, he asked to be sent to the farthest parts of the Americas and in 1562 was sent to what is now Colombia. He was given the gift of communicating with the Indians in their own tongues and with the encouragement of Bartolomeo de Las Casas defended their rights against the Spanish conquerors. He returned to Spain in 1569 and again assumed the position of master of novices. He died at Valencia on October 9, 1581. Saint Louis is the patron of novitiates and formation personnel.
OCTOBER 11 2017
Blessed James of Ulm FRIAR AND RELIGIOUS was born at Ulm, Germany, in 1407 and spent his early years as a mercenary soldier. Once when passing through Bologna he stopped to pray at the tomb of Saint Dominic. He experienced a conversion and asked to be admitted to the Order as a cooperator brother. He pursued the art of stained-glass making and his work can still be seen the in the chapel of the Bentivoglio palace and in the cathedral of Saint Petronius in Bologna. He is remembered for his humble obedience and his contemplation on the passion of the Saviour. He died on October 11, 1491, at Bologna.
OCTOBER 13 2017
Blessed Magdalen Panatieri LAY DOMINICAN AND VIRGIN was born at Turino, Italy, in 1443 and while still quite young was received as a tertiary by the Sisters of Penance of Saint Dominic. She received many spiritual graces, including the stigmata, but was best known for her ministry to the children of the town, whom she cared for and catechised. Her prayer was always that she be in the world, but not of the world. Much revered by the people of the city, she died October 13, 1503.
OCTOBER 14 2017
Blessed Marie Poussepin SISTER AND VIRGIN was born in the town of Dourdan, in France, in 1653. She was educated in piety and morals by her mother and her parish priest, joined a parish sodality and took over the running of her father’s business of manufacturing stockings. In 1696, having become a profressed member of the Third Order of St Dominic, she widened the scope of her charity, helping the sick and educating children, especially from the country. In the little town of Sainville she set up a house, later to become the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity, or the Dominicans of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. After a long life, faithful to Divine Providence, she died on 24th January, 1744. Pope John Paul II declared her Blessed in 1994.
OCTOBER 19 2017
Blessed Agnes of Jesus Galand (of Langeac) VIRGIN AND NUN Born at Le puy-en-Velay in 1602, and brought up by loving parents, she consecrated herself to the Virgin Mother of God at seven years of age. In the year 1623 she entered the newly established convent of the Order of Preachers at Langeac, where she became Novice Mistress and Prioress. A child of Puy-en-Velay, under the protection of the Virgin Mary, Agnes model of prayer, a lover of the Eucharist, close to the poor, loves life and makes her love.
"Agnes likes to surround young mothers when their child is born, and her help is known and is used for difficult pregnancies and couples who want a child."
In 1623, Sr. Agnes of Jesus Galand participated in the foundation of the Monastery of St. Catherine of Siena in Langeac ... She died on October 19, 1634, leaving her sisters the special vocation of prayer for the priests.Agnes testified by her life that 'God always loves'. It reminds us of the love of God for all. In Langeac in Auvergne, in the year 1694, Blessed Agnes of Jesus (Galand), virgin of the Order of Preachers. Prior to her convent, she shone with an ardent love for Jesus Christ and a great zeal for the Church, continuously offering prayers and penances for her pastors
Let's go my soul, we must take a quarter of an hour before God and be attentive to him ...Burning with love for Christ crucified and for the Church, for three years, inspired by the Lord, she dedicated herself to prayers and penances for the establishment of a seminary in France, the work of the outstanding priest, Jean Jaques Olier. On 19th October, 1694 she entered eternal life. Pope John Paul II inscribed her among the blessed in the year 1994.
OCTOBER 21 2017
Blessed Peter of Città di Castello FRIAR AND PRIEST was born in Città di Castello in 1390 and at the age of fifteen received the habit in the reformed priory of Cortona where he was to spend his entire Dominican life. Sustained by a life of contemplation and penance he became a zealous and effective preacher. In his preaching he often urged his listeners to meditate upon their own death so as to avoid eternal death. He died at Cortona on October 21, 1445.
OCTOBER 22 2017
Anniversary of the Dedication of A Church SOLEMNITY When the actual date of the dedication of a church is unknown, our liturgical custom provides for the celebration of its anniversary on October 22, the day on which the Dominican church at Toulouse (Les Jacobins) was dedicated in 1385. This church which was one of the most famous of the Dominican churches in the early days of the Order was designated by Pope Urban V in 1328 as the resting place for the remains of Saint Thomas Aquinas.
OCTOBER 25 2017
Blessed Peter of Geremia FRIAR AND PRIEST was born at Palermo in 1399 and attended the University of Bologna to pursue the study of law. However, he gave up a promising legal career and entered the Order, making his profession in 1423 at Fiesole in the priory of San Domenico where Saint Antoninus was prior. He himself served as prior in several houses and was a zealous promoter of regular observance, the life of study and the ministry of preaching. Pope Eugene IV summoned him to serve at the Council of Constance in 1439. He returned to Sicily where he continued to foster the reform of the Order and died there on March 3, 1452.
OCTOBER 26 2017
Blessed Damian of Finale FRIAR AND PRIEST Damian Furcheri was born towards the beginning of the fifteenth century at Perti, a city near Finario (now Finale Borgo), near Genoa. He is remembered for his preaching, especially his insistence upon repentance and the renewal of regular life. He died at Reggio Emilia near Modena in 1484.
OCTOBER 27 2017
Blessed Bartholomew of Vicenza FRIAR AND BISHOP Blessed Bartholomew Breganza was born at Vicenza around 1200 and received the habit from Saint Dominic at Bologna. For several years he preached throughout Lombardy and Emilia and laboured to restore peace and public order. In 1253 he was named bishop of Limassol, Cyprus, and in 1255 was transferred to Vicenza, where again he worked to reconcile warring factions. He was present at the second translation of the remains of Saint Dominic in 1267 and preached the sermon on that occasion. He died at Vicenza in 1270. His friend King Louis IX of France gave a portion of the crown of thorns of our Lord which he housed in a church built for this purpose.
OCTOBER 30 2017
Blessed Peter Higgins, priest, and Blessed Terrence Albert O'Brien, bishop, FRIARS AND MARTYRS In some provinces, Blessed Peter Higgins is celebrated separately on 23rd March; vide Analecta S.O.P., , pp. 20 – 27. Both these martyrs were born in Ireland in 1601, and both entered the Order in 1622. Peter was prior of the community at Naas, and Terence Albert prior provincial of Ireland and Bishop of Emly. Peter died on 23rd March, 1642; Terence Albert on 30th October, 1651. They suffered on occount of their assiduous devotion to the Church of Christ and the Successor of Peter, the Roman Pontiff, for they refused to acknowledge the English king as head of the Church. With fifteen others, companions in the same persecution (1579-1654), thet were beatified on 27th September, 1992. Also
Blessed Benvenuta Bojani LAY DOMINICAN AND VIRGIN was born on May 4, 1255, at Cividale del Friuli. She became a member of the Sisters of Penance and devoted herself to a life of penance for the conversion of sinners. Through the intercession of Saint Dominic she was healed of a serious illness and devoted