Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 16 March

Venerable M. Frances Dorothea, Virgin, O.P.

This holy religious founded at Compostella (which means Field of Stars) a convent of Dominican Sisters,, whose life recalled by its austerity that of the anchorites of old. The fast was perpetual and so was the silence; perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament was kept up, although there were only thirty-three Choir Sisters. No seculars were ever invited to clothings or professions, in order that nothing might disturb the silence, peace and supernatural spirit of the cloister on these days of grace. But Venerable M. Frances sought to make this solitary life happy by joy of heart and by a few well-chosen practices of devotion, especially in regard to a statue of Our Lady of the Kings, which she herself used to dress, on her knees, more or less richly, according to the feasts. Once by invoking her, she saved the city from a terrible inundation. Although she was the foundress, she regarded herself as the least of the Sisters, with such humility that she promised to say a “Hail Mary” for any one who told her of the smallest shortcoming. Her reproofs to the Sisters were never too severe. “One must,” she said, “mortify the passions without offending the persons or dishonoring the holy state to which they are vowed.” When she gave an order, it was always by way of request, saying gently: “Will you, of your charity, do so and so.” (1623)

Prayer

O my God, I adore Thee present in my heart by grace!

Practice

Say a “Hail Mary” for those who find fault with you, even though their remarks seem to you to have no foundation.