Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 6 January

detail of 'Epiphany', by Fernando Gallego, c.1480, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OhioThe Epiphany. Sixth Lesson of the Infant Jesus. Zeal.

The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus to the Gentile world, represented by the Magi. The Friars Preachers, being founded specially for the salvation of souls, received the mission – given them by their holy founder Saint Dominic, who is represented with a star on his brow – of continuing and developing the mystery of the Epiphany to the ends of the earth. “They press forward eagerly,” says the Holy See, praising our first Fathers, “in preaching the Gospel and in diffusing over the whole earth the light, of divine doctrine” (Alex. IV). The Magi on the day of the Epiphany hastened to Jesus Christ, led rather by interior grace than by the miraculous star. In the Church we see the Friars Preachers, together with other religious, and hard working priests, who go in search of the heathen to save their souls from ignorance and vice and from the powers of hell. Admire their zeal and pray earnestly for them. How beautiful are the feet of those who thus go to proclaim peace and to point out the One Supreme Good. But what a life of perfect detachment they must lead if they are to persevere active and constant to the end in the way of charity.

Prayer

I thank Thee, O my God, for having given me from my birth the light of the true faith.

Practice

Show great zeal for the work of the Foreign Missions. Take pleasure in reading often the Annals of the Propagation of the Faith.