Search This Blog

Monday, August 8, 2011

August 8: St. Dominic

Tomb of St. Dominic, Bologna, Italy
A man who governs his passions is master of his world. We must either command them or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.       - St. Dominic

Today, Holy Mother Church celebrates the life of St. Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (commonly called the Dominicans).   The Dominicans were often the object of a play on their name in Latin: Domini canes (dogs or hounds of the Lord).  Thus, one of the symbols of St. Dominic is a dog with a torch in its mouth.

To read more about the fascinating life of St. Dominic, check out his write-up in the Catholic Encyclopedia.


  1. I started it a couple of weeks ago...primarily for the benefit of my parish (last thing I want is for this to turn into some cult of personality, like some blogging priests I know...) ;-) I hope you're doing well--you're very much in my prayers!