Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 25 May

detail of a painting of Saint Dominic de Guzman by Fra Angelico, 1437; Perugia Altarpiece; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsTranslation of the Relics of Our Holy Father Saint Dominic

The body of Saint Dominic had remained in its lowly grave for twelve years, when it was suggested that it should have a better place of burial. Blessed Jordan of Saxony assisted at this translation with the Archbishop and the nobility of Bologna. The holy body, when brought out of its resting place, exhaled a delicious perfume which filled the air and clung to the hands, the implements, etc. for several days. It resembled no earthly odor and filled the hearts of those who stood by with such sweet consolation, that they could not restrain their tears of joy. This was the sign and reward of that true virginity which the holy Patriarch had preserved throughout his life, guarding his eyes, mortifying all his senses, avoiding familiarity with seculars, and inspiring many persons with a love of chastity. How great must have been the emotion of Blessed Jordan, when taking in his hands the venerable head of the Saint which had been filled with such sublime thoughts about God and souls, it was kissed by all present, among whom were more than three hundred Friars of the Order. (1233)


Saint Dominic, rose of patience, ivory of chastity, pray for us.


Meditate on those words of Saint Dominic which he has left as a testament to us. “By purity of life and the odor of a good name, you will work wonders among the people.”