Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 2 March

painting of 'Blessed Henry Suso', c.1636-1638, by Francisco de Zurbarán, oil on canvas, 209x154 cm, Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, SpainBlessed Henry Suso, Confessor, O.P.

Blessed Henry Suso entered the Order at the age of thirteen, but his conduct until the time he was eighteen was not very edifying. The more he allowed himself to be influenced by family affection, by the society of frivolous friends and by the love of ease, so much the more grace pursued him with remorse and regrets. At last the Divine Wisdom, whose fervent disciple and theologian he afterwards became, having touched his heart, he gave himself to Jesus crucified with a wonderful generosity, and from that time practiced mortifications which we tremble to read of. Nevertheless these corporal sufferings were as nothing compared with the contempt and mental sufferings with which he was next overwhelmed; violent temptations against faith, the sadness of desolation and thoughts of despair. This last trial lasted six years. His simplicity in making known his temptations to his very enlightened director, Venerable Father Eckard, and his devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus, which he had branded on his breast with a red-hot iron, gave him light and strength to triumph over all and even to turn them to his greater progress. His works on the Eternal Wisdom are full of doctrine and sweetness. When he said the “Sursum Corda” at Mass, all who assisted were struck with his fervor. One of his works of zeal was the conversion of his sister, who in spite of her vows had fled from her convent, and he brought her back to the fold by means of tears, affection and prayers (1365).

Prayer

“Courage, my heart, no more wavering.” Blessed Henry Suso

Practice

Pray for all tepid religious, dissipated and tempted to infidelity to their vocation.