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Blessed Jordan of Saxony: Zeal Full of Gentleness

Blessed JordanWhen you think of a zealous person, often gentleness is not a trait you would consider proper to that person. Yet, today’s Dominican saint possessed both virtues in abundance. After the death of St. Dominic, Blessed Jordan was elected Master of the Dominican Order, though only very recently professed. He soon gained all hearts by the sweetness of his government. He drew to the Order nearly a thousand novices, of whom the most celebrated was St. Albert the Great.

He was also zealous for the progress of the Dominican nuns and his letters to Blessed Diana are masterpieces of gracefulness and dignity of style, combined with holy doctrine. Some of his sentences reveal the wisdom as well as the gentleness of his character. He said:

If I had studied science as much as I have studied the words of St. Paul ‘I here made myself all things to all men’ I should indeed by learned.

As the life of the body is sustained by both food and drink, so the life of the soul is sustained by prayer and the study of Holy Scripture.

To obtain much fruit from prayer, keep to those subjects in which you experience most devotion.

Having lost one of his eyes, he said to his brethren:

Rejoice with me, for I had two enemies, now I have only one.

He was shipwrecked and drowned while returning from visiting the Province of the Holy Land. Appearing to St. Lutgarde, he said to her: “I have passed from this world to glory, where I have a high place among the apostles and prophets.”

Following the example of Blessed Jordan, how can we show zeal full of gentleness in order to attract souls to the service of God? Let us inspire others with confidence that success in the end comes through docility to God.

Blessed Jordan, obtain for our superiors, supervisors, government leaders, and others in positions of authority your spirit of wisdom and amiability. Pray for us!

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