Saint Dominic, a 13th century theologian, tends to get overshadowed by his fellow, more renowned Dominican, Saint Thomas Aquinas. Yet, not today! Today, we celebrate the Feast Day of Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order of Preachers.
During his life, Dominic, a native Spaniard, traveled abroad to France. There, he witnessed a great need to combat heresies. He believed that people needed to fully understand the true teachings of Jesus Christ. If they did, they would embrace the Catholic faith. Dominic also realized that to achieve success in his preaching, he must meet the heretics were they were at: living a life of austerity. He met austerity with austerity, by preaching and walking barefoot!
From his efforts, Dominic gave birth to true “evangelical preaching.” He established a diocesan order of preachers in Toulouse, France, under the guidance of the Bishop of Toulouse. This effort ushered in the Dominican Order of Preachers, whose charism it is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Saint Dominic Left Us a Treasured Legacy
Saint Dominic left a legacy of priests known for their study of theology (which would include moral theology, for which Saint Thomas Aquinas is so renowned). Dominicans walk in poverty. They obey God’s laws, as well as the Order’s rules, with obedience deemed a prized virtue of the Dominicans. Most importantly, the Dominicans are renowned for preaching Jesus’ message of salvation, where Jesus is the way, the Truth and the life.
So for today, I do not want to see Saint Dominic overshadowed by anyone. No, today we honor Saint Dominic for his contributions in bringing souls closer to Christ. We honor him for founding the Dominican Order of Preachers, and for devotion to the Liturgy. Happy Feast Day, Saint Dominic. Please pray for us!