St. Dominic de Guzman (Feast: August 8)
Dominic was born in 1170 in Castile, Spain to Felix Guzman and Joan of Aza (who later became a blessed).
He was sent to school in Palencia when he was fourteen, and while he was still a student, was made Canon of the Cathedral of Osma.
He went on to complete his studies and was ordained a priest, taking up his role at Osma.
Around the year 1204, Dominic accompanied the bishop of Osma to Denmark. Their travels took them through Languedoc, in southern France, where the Albigensian heresy, the belief that the body is evil, was rampant.
The host at an inn where they stopped was an Albigensian. Dominic spent a whole night in discussion with him and by morning he had converted the innkeeper. That is when Dominic saw his true vocation in spreading and defending the Catholic Faith.
With papal permission, Dominic spent nearly ten years preaching in France with a small group of men living under the rule of St. Augustine.
Then, in the year 1216, his small group became a community: the Order of Preachers. Dominic sent his followers far and wide, establishing friaries in Spain, France and Italy.
Dominic became ill and died in 1221 at the age of fifty-two.
DAILY QUOTE for September 23, 2019
SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Pio of Pietrelcina
“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture.