Today is the feast of Saint Dominic , founder of the Dominican order and promoter of the Rosary. Dominicans are known as ‘God’s Dogs’, from the Latin Domini canes – which epithet derives either (depending on who you read and what you wish to believe) from their enthusiastic participation in the Spanish Inquisition or for their fervour in preaching and saving souls. Savonarola, for example, was a Dominican.
Here is Saint Dominic receiving the Rosary from Our Lady:
And here is Savonarola preaching in Florence:
And here is the miraculous painting from the Pontifical Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary of Pompei:
And here is a poem by Joyce Kilmer, a gentleman, not a lady, a convert considered ‘the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation’, who died near Seringes-et-Nesles, France, on July 30, 1918, awarded the Croix de Guerre .
Not on the lute, nor harp of many strings
Shall all men praise the Master of all song.
Our life is brief, one saith, and art is long;
And skilled must be the laureates of kings.
Silent, O lips that utter foolish things!
Rest, awkward fingers striking all notes wrong!
How from your toil shall issue, white and strong,
Music like that God’s chosen poet sings?
There is one harp that any hand can play,
And from its strings what harmonies arise!
There is one song that any mouth can say, —
A song that lingers when all singing dies.
When on their beads our Mother’s children pray
Immortal music charms the grateful skies.