Today is the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost and the Commemoration of the Feast of Saint Dominic de Guzman, who had such great zeal for souls from his earliest days in seminary. As is well known, it was a conversation with an innkeeper in the Albigensian stronghold of Toulouse, France, changed the whole direction of his priesthood as he sought to win back souls from the darkness of an early forerunner of Calvinism, Albigensianism.
Our Lady, sent by her Divine Son out of the ineffable Mercy that He has in His Most Sacred Heart, which was formed out of her own Immaculate Heart, to bring back the lost sheep (and not to beat up on the sheep when their souls are sorely distressed) out of the new form of Manicheaism that had arisen in southern France, gave Saint Dominic her Most Holy Rosary to the be the weapon to crush the Albigensian heresy. Saint Dominic de Guzman used the weapon of Our Lady's Most Holy Rosary very well and taught others how to do so.
Every Catholic, of course, owes a great deal to Saint Dominic, who walked between southern France and Rome several times during his life--and who accompanied two of the first Dominicans, Saints Hyacinth and his brother, Saint Ceslaus, on the first leg of their trip in Italy back to Krakow before he, Saint Dominic, had to turn back.
The next original article for this site is being written in a very methodical manner. Although I thought it was nearing completion, events in the news are slowing its pace.
One of those events, of course, is the unspeakably horrific massacre that took place yesterday, Saturday, August 3, 2019, the Feast of the Finding of the Body of Saint Stephen the Protomartyr, in El Paso, Texas, that took the lives of twenty human beings and injured another twenty-six, some of them very seriously. So devoid are the souls of many young people today of any concept of moral truth that think nothing of plotting and then carrying out wanton murder. Then again, the amorality of so Americans today of all ages has densitized them to the killing of the innocent preborn and the daily execution of the sick and the elderly in hospitals and hospices once their "quality of life'" is deemed to be inadequate to receive continued medical care and treatment.
Violence begets violence, and the poor young man, Patrick Crusius, who is all of twenty-one years of age, who committed the El Paso massacre was inspired to copy the mass murder that took place in Christchurch, New Zealand. An article I wrote at that time, Yet Another Pretext for the Monsters of Modernity to Tighten Their Grip on Us All, discussed that tragedy. This most recent manifestation of visible violence (as opposed to the invisible voilence against the preborn, the sick and the elderly) will the subject of a section of the commentary being written at this time.
Please pray for the souls of those killed yesterday, the consolation of their surviving relatives and for thre recovery to full health to those who were wounded.
Eternal rest unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Saint Dominic de Guzman, pray for us.