Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 15 February

Blessed Jordan of SaxonyBlessed Jordan of Saxony

After the death of Saint Dominic, Blessed Jordan was elected Master General, though only recently professed, and he soon gained all hearts by the sweetness of his government. He drew to the Order nearly a thousand novices, of whom the most celebrated was Saint Albert the Great. He was also zealous for the progress of the Dominican nuns and his letters to Blessed Diana are masterpieces of gracefulness and dignity of style, combined with holy doctrine. Some of his sentences reveal the wisdom as well as the gentleness of his character.

(1) He said: “If I had studied science as much as I have studied the words of Saint Paul ‘I here made myself all things to all men’ I should indeed be learned.”

(2) “As the life of the body is sustained by both food and drink, so the life of the soul is sustained by prayer and the study of the Holy Scripture.”

(3) “To obtain much fruit from prayer, keep to those subjects in which you experience most devotion.”

(4) Having lost one of his eyes, he said to his brethren: “Rejoice with me, for I had two enemies, now I have only one.”

He was shipwrecked and drowned whilst returning from visiting the Province of the Holy Land, and, appearing to Saint Lutgarde, he said to her: “I have passed from this world to glory, where I have a high place among the apostles and prophets.” (1236)

Prayer

Blessed Jordan, obtain for our superiors your spirit of wisdom and amiability.

Practice

Show zeal full of gentleness to attract souls to the service of God, especially those who are starting on the way of holiness. Inspire them with confidence that they will succeed in the end through docility.