Saturday, 8 August 2015

8th August - St Dominic

8th August - St Dominic
1170 –  1221

Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 
Founder of the Dominican Order, Patron Saint of Astronomers.

In 1191, when Spain was desolated by famine young Dominic gave away his money and sold his clothes, furniture and manuscripts to feed the hungry. According to historical commentaries, Dominic abstained from meat, selected the worst accommodations and the meanest clothes and never allowed himself the luxury of a bed. Dominic died at the age of fifty-one, "exhausted with the austerities and labours of his career".

Attributed quotes:

"We must sow the seed, not hoard it."

 "Arm yourself with prayer instead of a sword; be clothed with humility instead of fine raiment."

"These, my much loved ones, are the bequests which I leave to you as my sons; have charity among yourselves; hold fast to humility; keep a willing poverty."