Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 9 June

Blessed Diana d'AndaloBlessed Diana d’Andalo, Blessed Cecilia Cesarine, and Blessed Amy, O.P.

Diana d’Andalo, a young lady of noble family in Bologna, went to hear the preaching of Blessed Reginald, attired as usual in costly and fashionable garments. Now it just happened that the preacher was decrying feminine luxury and vanity. His words went home to Diana’s heart, she felt humbled, she was enlightened and transformed. Without delay she discarded her fine clothing and set herself, in spite of many trials and obstacles, to found the monastery of Saint Agnes, which she governed for many years, aided by the counsels and letters of Blessed Jordan (1236). She had as her companion, Sister Cecilia, who, at the age of seventeen, had received the habit from the hands of Saint Dominic, at San Sisto, in Rome. As Saint Mary Magdalen had been permitted to be the friend of Our Lord, so Blessed Cecilia attached herself to Saint Dominic, and the holy Patriarch, finding in this simple and generous soul a certain conformity to his own, spoke to her and treated her, on his side with a truly paternal confidence. By this means Blessed Cecilia has been able to hand down to us certain precious details in the life of Saint Dominic which render him even more lovable in the eyes of his children (1290). The second companion of Blessed Diana, Blessed Amy, is like a violet whose perfume remains because it comes from God, but whose origin and life are hidden from the eyes of men.

Prayer

Saint Dominic, beloved father! pardon us for having followed your counsels and maintained your spirit so imperfectly.

Practice

Desire to imitate our holy Father Saint Dominic, and in order to do so say before each action: “What would Saint Dominic do in my place?”

Saints and Saintly Dominicans, by Blessed Hyacinthe-Marie Cormier, O.P.