Pier Giorgio Frassati, as a lay Dominican, considered himself a “son of St. Dominic,” drawn to a life of prayer, study, and preaching. We owe much to St. Dominic and the order he founded, which for eight hundred years has given us a steadfast example of humility in service to the truth. Dominic was able to peel away the excess and frills that distracted people from God and led them into error; his own dedication to austerity and prayer allowed others to see clearly the beautiful, challenging truth of the Gospel. He understood that in order to preach the truth effectively, he needed to become humble, not focusing on himself but rather being an instrument, allowing God to work through him. May we think of his example whenever we are called to share our faith with others, simply speaking to the truth of our experience without embellishing or downplaying it.
Prayer of St. Dominic:
May God the Father, who made us, bless us. May God the Son, who redeemed us, send healing into our midst.
May God the Holy Spirit, who gives us life, move within us.
May God give us eyes to see to God, ears to hear God, and hands to bring God’s work into the world.
May we walk with God and preach the word of God to all.
May the angel of peace watch over us and lead us at last by God’s grace to the eternal Kingdom.
Image: Fra Angelico, St. Dominic / PD-US