Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 13 January

Octave Day of the Epiphany.

“Why,” asks Saint Thomas Aquinas, “was Christ baptized?” Not in order to be cleansed, for He was “holy, without spot, separated from sinners” (Hebrews 8:26), but “that the element of water, sanctified by contact with Him, might receive a baptismal virtue for the benefit of the whole Church.” And as baptism opens the gate of Heaven to Christians, so it was after the baptism of Christ that the Heavens were opened and a voice was heard saying: “This is my beloved Son, in Thee I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11). In the prayers of the day the Church invites us to ask that we may merit to be made inwardly conformed to Him Who made Himself outwardly like unto us. This interior reformation, signified by baptism, which buried us to a life of sin and raised us to a new life in Jesus Christ, ought to continue all our lives. Is this work already well advanced in us? Has it not rather gone back and even been destroyed a hundred times since our baptism? The Venerable Frances of the Nativity, O.P., appreciated the benefits of God more and more as she grew old, especially that of her baptism, the anniversary of which she kept with admirable fervor. So also Saint Louis, Tertiary, O.P., who preferred the title of Christian to that of King of France, and signed himself “Louis de Poissy” in memory of the place where he was baptized.

Prayer

“I have said; now do I begin.” – Psalm 76:11

Practice

Renew the promises of your baptism, thanking God for having given you Jesus for your brother.