St Augustine Bequeaths his Holy Rule

When St. Dominic first approached Pope Innocent III in 1213 about founding an Order of Preachers, the pope responded with enthusiasm, but with one condition: following a decree of the just-completed Fourth Council of the Lateran, no religious order …
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Augustinian Heart

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"My son, be gentle in carrying out your business, and you will be better loved than a lavish giver. The greater you are, the more you should behave humbly, and then you will find favour with the Lord; for great though the power of the Lord is, he …
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The Path of Humility

"Let us then follow Christ’s paths which he has revealed to us, above all the path of humility, which he himself became for us. He showed us that path by his precepts, and he himself followed it by his suffering on our behalf. In order to die for …
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Mells Parish Church

The church of St Andrew in Mells, Somerset dates to the late 15th century. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Mells Manor and Parish Church

Mells Manor at Mells, Somerset, England, was built in the 16th century for Edward Horner, altered in the 17th century, partially demolished around 1780, and restored by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 20th century. On its left is the tower of Mells parish …
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Saint Monica

"O God, who console the sorrowful and who mercifully accepted the motherly tears of Saint Monica for the conversion of her son Augustine, grant us, through the intercession of them both, that we may bitterly regret our sins and find the grace of …
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Our Lady with Roses

Saturdays are dedicated to Our Lady. In this stained glass window, which resembles images of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mary and the Christ Child are surrounded by roses, an allusion to the Holy Rosary. This stained glass window is in Grace Cathedral, …
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Saint Monica Gives Birth to St Augustine

“She had been the wife of one man, had requited her parents, had guided her house piously, was well-reported of for good works, had brought up children, as often travailing in birth of them (cf. Galatians 4:19) as she saw them swerving from You. …
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Mgr Knox's Grave

Today is the anniversary of the death of Mgr Ronald Knox; this is his grave in Mells, Somerset. "Ronald Arbuthnot Knox was born into a Church of England family (his father later became Bishop of Manchester and his grandfather was Bishop of Lahore), …
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Christ in Judgement

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"The angel came to speak to me, and said, ‘Come here and I will show you the bride that the Lamb has married.’ In the spirit, he took me to the top of an enormous high mountain and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of …
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Czestochowa Devotion

"How many problems, Mother, should I not present to you by name in this meeting! I entrust them all to you, because you know them best and understand them. I entrust them to you in the place of the great consecration, from which one has a view not …
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Our Lady of Czestochowa

"At Cana, as here in Jasna Góra, Mary offers us her nearness and helps us to discover what we need to live life to the full. Now as then, she does this with a mother’s love, by her presence and counsel, teaching us to avoid hasty decisions and …
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Pray for Us

"Just as the Apostles together with Mary “went to the upper room” and there “with one accord devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:12,14), so we too have come together today at Jasna Góra, which for us at this hour is the “upper room” where Mary, …
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St Louis IX

The majority of the construction work on Amiens Cathedral was completed in 1269 under the reign of the sainted King Louis IX of France, who is depicted here on the west facade of the Cathedral. Beside him are the heraldic arms of 'France Ancien' …
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St Louis of France

Today, 25th August, is the feast of the sainted King of France, Louis IX who was canonised in 1297. He was a firm supporter of the Dominican Order, and had a Dominican confessor who testified to his holiness. He also sent two Dominicans to …
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Golden Angel

"O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulfilling our duties on earth, we may seek out your eternal Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, …
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Amiens Lady Chapel

At the eastern end of Amiens Cathedral, in the ambulatory behind the High Altar, is this chapel dedicated to Our Lady which is now also the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. It dates to the 13th-century although the stained glass is 20th-century. It gives …
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Eucharistic Emblems

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This fine and elegant gilt railing behind the High Altar of Amiens Cathedral is composed of grapes and wheat, emblems of the Eucharist. Source: Lawrence OP on Flickr
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Regina et Domina

"From early times Christians have believed, and not without reason, that she of whom was born the Son of the Most High received privileges of grace above all other beings created by God. He "will reign in the house of Jacob forever", "the Prince of …
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St Rose with St Joseph

Today is the feast of the first Saint of the Americas to be canonized, a Dominican tertiary who lived in Lima, Peru from 1586-1617. She was a contemporary of the Dominican friars St Martin de Porres and St Juan Macias. Statue in the chapel of the …
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