Monday, May 28, 2012

May 29, St. Dominic

Saint Dominic
By Marina Haghighat

Dominic was born in 1170 in Caleruega which is located in Spain. When he was older he studied the arts and theology in a Spanish university. When he was 25 years old he became a priest and followed the rule of Saint Benedict. In 1215 he and six followers founded a monastery in Toulouse. In 1217 he got the Pope’s permission to start the “Order of Preachers” (now known as the Dominican Order). Dominic made his headquarters in Rome in the year 1215. He then moved to the Church of San Nicolo Bologna on December 12. He later died on August 6, 1221 when he was 41 years  old. Saint Dominic was canonized on June 12, 1954 by Pope Pius XII

When Saint Dominic started the new order he must have had a lot of trust. He had to have trust in God because He has a plan for everyone. He also needed trust in his followers because when you work on creating a new order you become a family. He teaches us that you should have trust in others around you and in God. Dominic also preached about the rosary and made it popular in his time. He taught us to pray the rosary. “Arm yourself with prayer rather than a sword; wear humility rather than fine clothes” was one of Saint Dominic’s quotes. To me that quote means when the war against Satan comes, arm yourself with prayer because that is what will help us win and beat Satan. It also means that we should focus less on how we look on the outside and we should always keep God higher than us. His life was about serving God and that’s what our life is supposed to be about, too.

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