“Dominic possessed such great integrity and was so strongly motivated by divine love, that without a doubt he proved to be a bearer of honour and grace.
He was a man of great equanimity, except when moved to compassion and mercy. And since a joyful heart animates the face, he displayed the peaceful composure of a spiritual man in the kindness he manifested outwardly and by the cheerfulness of his countenance.
In his conversations and letters he often urged the brothers of the Order to study constantly the Old and New Testaments. He always carried with him the gospel according to Matthew and the epistles of Paul, and so well did he study them that he almost knew them from memory.
He made a personal law for himself of being joyful with happy persons and of weeping with those who wept.”
Jordan of Saxony: ‘Writings on the history of the Order of Preachers’. c.1221.
“Thanks to the deep friendship he had for us when we were fulfilling a more modest office, we had proof of his sanctity in the admirable testimony of his life; and now competent witnesses have given us a full certification about the real character of the miracles about which many have spoken. Moreover, in union with the Lord’s flock given to our care, we are confident that, by God’s mercy, we can be aided by his suffrages, and that we who merited to enjoy the consolation of his very gracious friendship here on earth, may now have the benefit of his powerful patronage in heaven.”
Pope Gregory IX: ‘Bull of Canonization of Saint Dominic.’ 1232.
The image above is of Saint Dominic, from the fresco by Fra Angelico, ‘The Mocking of Christ’, (c. 1440.) in the Dominican Convent of San Marco, Florence.