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Blessed Jane of Aza:  Mother of the Patriarch Saint Dominic

Blessed Jane of Aza

Saint Dominic de Guzmán and his brother, Blessed Manés de Guzmán Crowning their Mother, Blessed Jane of Aza

This noble and pious lady was the perfect model of Christian women in the world.  After having fulfilled her duties towards God, her great solicitude was the religious education of her children and the good government of her house.  But since prudence, the spirit of order and self-abnegation increase time and resources, she found the means of assisting a good number of poor, regarding this work as her most pleasing recreation.

God rewarded her charity by miraculously multiplying the provision of wine she reserved for them.  But, above all, He blessed her in her children, more especially in St. Dominic, the Founder of the Order of Friars Preachers; many writers declare that he was sanctified even from his mother’s womb.

Bl. Jane was admirable for her humility, her contempt of the world and its vanities, her forbearance with the defects of others, her interior mortification, her justice and impartiality towards all, the prudence of her speech, and finally the kindness and good grace of her manner, especially with the humble and lowly.  She treated them with cordial attention, deeming their society more desirable than the society of a royal court.  She died about 1205.

Prayer: Bl. Jane, obtain for mothers of families the practical wisdom necessary to train their children.

Examen: Have you formed a high idea of the virtues required for a life in the world? Have you a devotion to duty?  Accomplishing it with generosity and a great spirit of religion?

Bl. Jane, pray for us.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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