Born to a poor family in Spain, St. Domingo (Dominic) Henares became a missionary, leaving home for the Far East. He and his companions suffered persecution at the hands of the Vietnamese emperor in the first third of the 19th Century. He was arrested, tortured, and beheaded. Saint Domingo Henares is one of an estimated 130,000 to 300,000 Catholics martyred for the faith in Vietnam between the 15th and 20th centuries For more about this saint and Christian martyr, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
In today's Office of Readings we encounter a sermon of St Laurence Justinian (1381-1456). He joined a community of canons regular on the island of St Giorgio in Alga in the Venetian lagoon. He was ordained in 1407, became prior of the community in 1409, Bishop of Castello in 1433, and, when the seat of the diocese was moved to Venice in 1451, became the first Patriarch of Venice. He wrote many sermons, letters and ascetic treatises, which are still reprinted and read. For a reflection, "Mary kept all these things in her heart," please click on the image. Peace be with you!