What caught my eye about the story of St Dominic was that when he was young he gave away his money and sold his possessions in order to feed the hungry. In 1194, around age twenty-five, Dominic joined the Canons Regular in the Cathedral of Osma following the rule of Saint Augustine.
On a journey through France with his bishop, Dominic came face to face with the then virulent Albigensian heresy at Languedoc and had an urge to fight this heresy in the church. The preachers currently trying to combat the heresy were groups of nicely dressed priests traveling with servants and stayed in nice inns. These priests didn't connect with the common people. In 1215, Dominic established himself, with six followers, in a house in Toulouse. Dominic saw the need for a new type of organization to address the spiritual needs of the people and He subjected himself and his companions to the monastic rules of prayer and penance. The local Bishop gave them permission to preach in Toulouse.
Dominic was finally granted written authority in December 1216 and January 1217 by the pope for an order to be named "The Order of Preachers" ("Ordo Praedicatorum", or "O.P.," popularly known as the Dominicans.
Although he traveled extensively to maintain contact with his growing brotherhood of friars, Dominic took up residence in Rome.
It was written that Dominic traveled barefoot and abstained from meat and didn't use a bed. All through everything all he ever said was Glory to God.
Dominic died at the age of fifty-one after a long life of service to God and to his fellow friars.
I enjoy the story of St. Dominic because he realized that the church at his time wasn't preaching to the common people very effectively. He saw that and immediately went about correcting it. Dominicans were one of the strongest supporters of the Rosary as well and bringing the Word of God to the people by speaking only to God or about God.
What is funny is that I wonder if he didn't travel with his bishop as an early priest would he have seen the heresy and been determined to fix it. I believe that God called him to travel with his Bishop and was set on his path. I hope that I will hear God if I ever am called to set up my path.
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