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Born of wealthy Spanish nobility. His mother was Blessed Joan of Aza who, when pregnant, had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch it carried in its mouth; a dog bearing a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the Dominicans. At his baptism, his mother saw a star shining from his chest. Studied theology at Palencia. Canon of the church of Osma. Priest. Augustinian. Lifelong apostolate among heretics, especially Albigensians, and especially in France; worked with Blessed Peter of Castelnau. Founded the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans) in 1215, a group who live a simple, austere life, and an order of nuns dedicated to the care of young girls. Visionary. Friend of Saint Amata of Assisi.
At one point Dominic became discouraged at the progress of his mission; the heresies remained. But he received a vision from Our Lady who showed him a wreath of roses, and told him to say the rosary daily, and teach it to all who would listen. Eventually the true Faith won out. Dominic is often credited with the invention of the rosary, but it predates him. He is also reported to have raised four people from the dead.
Legend says that Dominic received a vision of a beggar who, like Dominic, would do great things for the Faith. Dominic met the beggar the next day. He embraced him and said, "You are my companion and must walk with me. If we hold together, no earthly power can withstand us." The beggar was Saint Francis of Assisi.
My Right Hand Guard is God . . . God is my Strength, Fortress and Protector . . . My Faith is strong in God and the Power of His Might.
Father, You know and I know that I have been falsely accused. Help me to have Faith like St. Dominic, that together with You, I cannot and will not be harmed in any way, shape or form. I ask You to walk with me and protect me from those who wish to harm me.
Through Jesus Christ's Precious, Pure and Holy name I pray. - Amen
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