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Saint Dominic enthroned as Abbot by Bartolomé Bermejo (15th century)

Feast of Saint Dominic of Silos

(1000–1073 A.D.)

St. Dominic of Silos was born in Navarre, Spain, to a peasant family. He grew up herding his father’s sheep in the Pyrenees mountains. This work endeared in him a love of solitude, leading him to enter the local Benedictine monastery in Navarre. He eventually became its prior, but was driven out when the King of Navarre seized its lands. Dominic then fled to another monastery under the protection of King Ferdinand I of Leon. Though the monastery was dilapidated, he became abbot and restored it both materially and spiritually, turning it into a significant center of scholarship and charity to the poor. The funds of the monastery were used to ransom Christian captives who were enslaved by Muslims. St. Dominic of Silos was known during his life and after death as a miracle worker, making him a popular Spanish saint. The Spanish mother of St. Dominic de Guzmán, founder of the Dominican Order, prayed for a son at St. Dominic of Silos’ shrine; when she conceived, she named her son after him. St. Dominic of Silos’ special patronage became connected with pregnancy, and until 1931 his crozier was used to bless the queens of Spain, and was placed beside their beds when they were in labor. St. Dominic of Silos is also the patron of prisoners and shepherds. His feast day is December 20.
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Nothing seems tiresome or painful when you are working for a Master who pays well; who rewards even a cup of cold water given for love of Him.”

Saint Dominic of Silos
Ferdinand welcomes Domingo de Silos by Martín Bernat and Bartolomé Bermejo, 1477-79
Milacre de sant Doménec de Silos (Miracle of St Dominic of Silos), cercle de Pere Nicolau. Taula, Museu de la Ciutat, Valencia.

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
The Death of Santo Domingo de Silos by Bartholomew Bermejo and Martín Bernat.

Saint Dominic of Silos, benedictine abbot and defender of the faith, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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