Thursday, June 10th, 2010
Blessed John Dominic
From the Dominican Ordo:
Blessed John was born at Florence around 1357 and received the habit at the priory of Santa Maria Novella at the age of seventeen. He assisted Blessed Raymond of Capua with the reform of the Order and became known as the ‘principal restorer of regular observance in Italy.’ Concerned about questions of faith and morality which the humanism of his day posed for the faith, he wrote a treatise on Christian education. During the Western Schism, he assisted Pope Gregory XII as a counselor and then as archbishop of Ragusa and cardinal of Saint Sixtus. He played a significant role in the Council of Constance. Pope Martin V sent him on a mission to Bohemia and Hungary to deal with the Hussite heresy and while there he died at Buda on June 10, 1949.
The Vatican’s website includes this excerpt from Bl. John Dominic’s treatise On the Love of Charity in its collection of great spiritual insights from the saints, “Paths of the Spirit.”