Thursday, October 9th, 2008
Today the Order of Preachers celebrates the feast of St. Louis Bertrand, patron of novice masters. A distant relative of St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Louis served many years in his native Spain before dedicating himself to the missions of the New World. After preaching to great success in Colombia, Panama, and the Caribbean, St. Louis returned to Spain and resumed his work forming young Dominicans. He died in 1581.
During his life, St. Louis maintained a friendship with St. Teresa of Avila.
Canonized just fifty years after his death, St. Louis is remembered for his simplicity of heart, fervent preaching, and zeal for souls, model virtues for every Dominican.
Almighty and merciful God, as you filled the heart of Saint Louis Bertrand with reverent fear for your name, inflame our hearts with that same divine fire. With both love and reverence may we too serve you faithfully.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.