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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

'Mother of the Poor'

There is no surfeit of mothers and wives, especially from the 13th-century, who have been canonized. As such, I did not want to miss this chance to mention St Zedislava Berkiana, a lay Dominican whose feast we celebrate today in the Order. She was born in Moravia, of Bohemian nobility, around the year 1220 and had four children. She was known as a loving mother of the poor because apart from providing for her own family, she gave generously to the poor. Such acts brought her frequently into conflict with her husband. Yet, together with her husband, she built up the Order of Preachers in Bohemia, founding Dominican priory of St Lawrence, near her castle. She received the habit of the Third Order of St Dominic and was a pious woman who, unusually for her time, received Holy Communion daily. Renowned for her service to the poor and suffering, she died in 1252 and was canonized by Pope Pius X in 1907. She is patroness of difficult marriages and people ridiculed for their piety.

"Faithful God,
By her married life and works of charity

You taught St Zedislava

to pursue the way of perfection.
By her prayers, may family life be strengthened

and be a witness to Christian virtue. Amen."

2 Comments:

Blogger Tom said...

She was beatified in 1907 and canonized in 1995.

2:44 pm  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...

Glad to see someone is reading and paying attention! Thanks, Tom.

10:11 pm  

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