Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Dominic

August 8th, 2014
""Those who lose their life for my sake will find it."" Matthew 16 : 25

Becoming a disciple of Jesus is not just a feel good experience.    There are hard demands involved like putting aside our innate selfishness for the sake of others.  Sometimes it involves being rejected and misunderstood as Jesus himself was.    Yet Jesus continually calls each one of us into discipleship and promises to be with us every step of the way.  St. Paul gives us an  insight into his response to the loving call of Jesus. “I believe nothing can happen that will outweigh the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.  For him I have accepted the loss of everything …  All I want is to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and to share his sufferings by reproducing the pattern if his death  … I am still running, trying to capture the prize for which Christ captured me.” (Philippians 3:8,10, 12)

Today is the feast of St. Dominic (1170-1221) who founded the Order of  Preachers, the Dominicans.  The spread of the popular devotion, the rosary, is attributed to the Dominicans.  Tradition has it that in 1214 Dominic had an apparition of Our Lady who told him to pray the rosary as a weapon against the Albigensian Heresy.

Prayer Have mercy on me God for on my own I am totally incapable of loving you with a disciples heart. I place all my trust in you. Amen