Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 22 June

Pope Blessed Innocent VBlessed Innocent V, Pope, O.P.

At the age of ten Blessed Innocent had already left his native mountains of Tarentaise and soon after he received the habit of the Order in Paris. Close to the novitiate was the “little school,” where the youngest novices learnt the rules of grammar and rhetoric and the elements of science. There he got on well with his studies and became in time a learned professor and then Provincial. The distinctive features of his government were his high idea of the end of the religious state, viz.: perfection, and his gentleness in the treatment of subjects and in the management of affairs. He employed his leisure time in writing theological works useful for the apostolic ministry such as his “Alphabet of the Art of Preaching.” From the life of the cloister, he was called by Divine Providence first to be Archbishop of Lyons and to assist in the work of the General Council, then to be made a member of the Sacred College by Blessed Gregory X and finally, by the unanimous votes of the cardinals, to occupy the Chair of Saint Peter. During the five months of his Pontificate he found means to promote regular discipline in his Order, to organize a crusade in Spain, to reconcile several cities at variance with each other and some princes with the Holy See, thus forming a great alliance of Catholic forces to rescue the holy places from the infidels. He died in the plenitude of his strength, but ripe for Heaven (1276).

Prayer

“O immeasurable greatness of the Divine Providence Whose will nothing can frustrate! Who would not admire the depth of your designs and the infinite resources of your wisdom.” – Blessed Innocent V

Practice

Watch carefully over the employment of your time.