Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 4 February

Anniversary of Our Fathers and Mothers

When a religious separates himself from his relatives in all that regards their temporal interests and purely human intercourse, he begins to attach himself more strongly to them by the ties of grace, above all to his father and mother, to whom he owes, after God, his very being and that Christian education which is the true foundation of his religious vocation. The more he learns to value the goods of eternity, so much the more ardently does he desire that they may share them, and he feels specially bound to help his parents, because in leaving them he has asked of them a great sacrifice. The Order then comes to his assistance, adopts the father and mother of each religious and assures to them perpetual suffrages. God has often made known to religious, in order to incite them to this devotion, how much these prayers are needed and how efficacious they are. Saint Louis Bertrand heard his father distinctly pronounce these words: “Louis, my son, have pity on me, make satisfaction to my Judge.” The prayer of the saint hastened his deliverance. A fervent nun, having deprived herself of drinking on a hot day in order to assist the suffering souls, Blessed Emily saw an angel extinguish with a cup of water the flames which were tormenting the father of this religious. Today’s anniversary is well calculated to inspire us with filial charity. The Holy See has attached to it several indulgences, as also to the three others in the year, July 12, September 5 and November 10.

Prayer

Think of your friends as saying to you: “Have pity on me, at least you my friends.”

Practice

Say the five sorrowful mysteries for your dead relations.