Saint Dominic was a great priest, a highly skilled preacher, and the founder of his religious order, the Dominicans. He is the patron saint of the Dominican Republic, the falsely accused, and astronomers. The feast day of St. Dominic is celebrated on August 8th.
Saint Dominic was born in 1170. His intellectual rigor, humility, austerity, love, and devotion to God through prayer are perhaps what make him most well-known. Saint Dominic was a man who loved the Rosary and is very responsible for helping it become as popular as it is today.
Inspiring quotes from Saint Dominic
Saint Dominic Quote 1
Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes.
Saint Dominic Quote 2
We must sow the seed, not hoard it.
Saint Dominic Quote 3
I would tell them to kill me slowly and painfully, a little at a time so that I might have a more glorious crown in heaven.
When asked what he would say if faced with martyrdom
Saint Dominic Quote 4
A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either rule them or be ruled by them. It is better to be the hammer than the anvil.
Saint Dominic Quote 5
I am not capable of doing big things, but I want to do everything, even the smallest things, for the greater glory of God.
Saint Dominic Quote 6
You are my companion and must walk with me. For if we hold together, no earthly power can withstand us.
Words addressed to St. Francis of Assisi, his good friend
Saint Dominic Quote 7
I feel a longing and a need to be a Saint. I did not know it was so easy to be one, but now I see that one can be holy and happy too. I feel I simply must be a Saint.
Saint Dominic Quote 8
If I do not become a Saint, I am doing nothing.
Saint Dominic Quote 9
Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death, and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary
In a vision, Our Lady appeared to him and showed him a rosary-shaped wreath made of roses. She advised him to teach the true faith to everyone who would listen, and say the rosary every day, and eventually the true faith would prevail. The rosary was actually invented before Dominic, although he is frequently given credit for its invention. Dominic did, however, popularize the rosary and use it to deepen his own spiritual life. Below are quotes from Saint Dominic on the power of the Rosary.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 1
One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 2
The Holy Rosary is the best artillery against demons and their followers.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 3
Whoever devoutly serves the Blessed Virgin through the recitation of the Rosary will infallibly receive blessings according to their spiritual and temporal needs.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 4
You see the wonderful results I have had in preaching the Holy Rosary. You and those who love Our Lady must do the same; through the holy devotion of the Rosary, you will attract all to the true science of the virtues.
Saint Dominic and the Rosary 5
None who perseveres in devotion to the Holy Rosary will be condemned.
The story behind the design of the Saint Dominic Shirt
The design of the Saint Dominic shirt was inspired by a vision that St. Dominic's mother had of him.
Saint Dominic was born in 1170. His parents were Felix Guzman and Juanna de Aza. Before conceiving Dominic, the couple experienced infertility. Juanna took a pilgrimage to the abbey at Silos, and there she received a vision. In the vision, she saw a dog leap from her womb. The dog was carrying a flaming torch, and Juanna said that the dog “seemed to set the earth on fire.”
Later in his life, Dominic went on to found the Dominican order, – Dominicanus in the Latin translation. The order’s name is a play on words. Domini Canis is Latin for “Dogs of the Lord.”
In his time, the men and women of the Christian faith were led away from the truth by false teachers and heresies running rampant through the Church. Dominic and his brother priests infiltrated Catholic universities to dispel these lies and draw the faithful back to full, authentic discipleship with our Lord Jesus. St. Dominic, pray for us!
Saint Dominic, Dogs of the Lord, Front
Saint Dominic, Dogs of the Lord, Back
Prayer to Saint Dominic
Father, by your mercy, Saint Dominic of Guzmán announced the unfathomable riches of Christ. Grant that, through His intercession, we may grow in your knowledge and live in your presence according to the Gospel, bearing fruit in good works. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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