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Saturday, August 11, 2012

St. Dominic

(1170-1221)

Feast Day: August 8



At the end of the twelfth century the Church in France was ravaged by the Albigensian heresy, a doctrine which was not only entirely unchristian but which, in addition, constituted a social evil. The Albigensians (Cathari, “the pure”) held to two principles—one good, one evil—in the world. All matter is evil—hence they denied the Incarnation and sacraments. On the same principle they abstained from procreation and took a minimum of food and drink. The inner circle led what some people regarded as a heroic life of purity and asceticism not shared by ordinary followers.

Effective measures were required to be taken to combat it. Where others had failed, a Spanish canon, Dominic Guzman, succeeded. He was notable for his learning and love of poverty. The Order of Friars Preachers, which he founded about the year 1215, was endowed by him with these two characteristics; instead of manual labor, as practiced by the Cistercian monks, he required his friars to work with their minds by preaching and teaching. He died at Bologna on August 6, 1221. His friend, Gregory IX, canonized him three years later.

Meeting of St. Francis of Assisi with St. Dominic, Josep Benlliure y Gil.

http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2012-08-08
http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay/default.aspx

2 comments:

  1. Are the links you posted below the majority of your post where you got your short biagraphy of St. Dominic from?

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