St. Dominic

Dates: 1170 – 1221
Feast: Aug. 8
Image Source: © Hospital Tavera, Toledo, Spain / The Bridgeman Art Library

It has been said that Dominic was always speaking
about God or to God. He never had his own bed because he spent the night in the church praying. He would lie down on the steps to get a little sleep. Dominic’s companions often saw him praying in many different postures. He would raise his arms in supplication, genuflect several times in front of the altar, or bow before a crucifix or statue of Jesus. His example of prayer made an impression on his followers. Soon after his death, the Dominicans wrote The Nine Ways of Prayer of St. Dominic.