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The Saints and the Holy Name
This great Doctor of the Church,
found his delights in repeating the Holy Name.
He himself tells us that he found much pleasure
in books which made frequent mention of this all-consoling
St Bernard – felt a wonderful joy and consolation
in repeating the Name of Jesus. He felt it, as he
says, like honey in his mouth and a delicious
peace in his heart. We, too, shall feel immense
consolation and peace steal into our souls if we
imitate St. Bernard and repeat frequently this
St Dominic – spent his days preaching
and discussing with the heretics. He always went on
foot from place to place as well in the oppressive
heats of the summer as in the cold and rain of
winter. The Albigensian heretics whom he tried to
convert were more like demons let loose from Hell
than mortal men. Their doctrine was infamous
and their crimes enormous. Yet, as another St.
Paul, he converted 100.000 of these wicked men so
that many of them became eminent for sanctity.
Wearied at night with his labours he asked only
for one reward which was to pass the night before
the Blessed Sacrament pouring out his soul in love
for Jesus. When his poor body could resist no
longer he leaned his head against the Altar and
rested a little, after which he began once more his
intimate converse with Jesus. In the morning he
celebrated Mass with the ardour of a seraph so that
at times his body was raised in the air in an
ecstasy of love. The Name of Jesus filled his soul
with joy and delight.
Blessed Jordan of Saxony – who succeeded St
Dominic as Master General of the Order, was a
preacher of great renown. His words went straight
to the heart of his hearers above all when he spoke
to them of Jesus. Learned professors of the University cities came
with delight to hear him and so many of them be~
came Dominican friars that others feared to come,
lest they, too, should be induced to join his Order.
So many were drawn by his irresistible eloquence
that when his visit to a city was announced the Prior
of the convent bought at once a great quantity of
white cloth to make habits for those who were
sure to seek entrance to the Order. Blessed Jordan
himself received one thousand postulants to the
habit among whom were the most eminent professors
of the European Universities.