Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 6 April

Venerable Father Louis Oalco, Confessor, O.P.

Father Louis had a special zeal for the sanctification of priests, because he saw in this the best means of regenerating the Christian people, and so his cell was always open to them. In order to be still more useful to them, he worked hard to establish the common life for the clergy, a work in conformity with the traditions of the early ages, and promoted since by many holy persons in France and Germany, for example by the Venerable Holzhauser. The fundamental principles of Father Calco’s Institute were subjection to a common rule, life in community removed from dangerous occasions, community of temporal goods, application to the exercises of prayer and mortification, industry in study, above all of the doctrine of Saint Thomas, the formation of good manners and evenness of mind in its members, in spite of the varied characters of those with whom they had to deal. Clement IX encouraged him and so did the Bishop of Foggia, uncle of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, but death prevented the servant of God from spreading his work as he desired (1709). After being buried for thirty years, his body was found incorrupt and flexible. In his fervor he had branded the holy Name of Jesus on his breast with a red-hot iron. His gift of discernment of spirits was truly miraculous.

Prayer

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, live and act in Thy priests.

Examen

How do you speak of the ministers of God? What respect do you feel when you have intercourse with them?