Friday, May 29th, 2009
Click below to hear today’s discussion of the readings for the Solemnity of Pentecost with Fr. John Farren, OP, the Director of Advancement for the Province of St. Joseph, and Fr. John Corbett, OP, a professor of moral theology at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.
“Word to Life” airs live every Friday afternoon at 1:00 PM Eastern on The Catholic Channel, Sirius 159 and XM 117.
The martyrs fixed their eyes on heaven, and cried out in their torments:
Come, Lord, be with us in this hour, alleluia.
From the Dominican Ordo:
Among the eleven martyrs commemorated this day, three were Dominicans. They were part of a band of preachers whose success at Avignonet, to the southwest of Toulouse, induced a number of Albigensian heretics to ambush the group and treacherously murder them on May 29, 1242. As they died they gave witness to the faith by singing the Te Deum. The Dominicans in this group were: Blessed William Arnaud, one of the first Dominicans to be appointed an inquisitor in the diocese of Toulouse; Blessed Bernard of Rochefort, a Dominican priest; and Blessed Garcia d’Aure of Orense, a cooperator brother.
Click here for more on the life and death of Blessed William and his companions.
O God, strength of the faithful,
you led Blessed William and his companions
to offer their lives in the name of Christ
and in obedience to the Church.
By the help of their prayers
may we share with them in the chalice of Christ
and ever grow in your love.
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.