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The Odor of a Good Name: Translation of the Relics of Our Holy Father Dominic


The body of St. Dominic had remained in its lowly grave for twelve years, when it was suggested that it should have a better place of burial.  Bl. Jordan of Saxony assisted at this translation with the Archbishop and the nobility of Bologna.  The holy body, when brought out of its resting place, exhaled a delicious perfume, which filled the air and clung to the hands, the implements, anything that touched it, for several days.  It resembled no earthly odor and filled the hearts of those who stood by with such sweet consolation, that they could not restrain their tears of joy.  This was the sign and reward of that true sanctity which the holy Patriarch possessed by guarding his eyes, mortifying all his senses, and inspiring many persons with love of chastity and holiness.  How great must have been the emotion of Bl. Jordan and the more than three hundred friars present.

Prayer: Holy Father Dominic, rose of patience, ivory of chastity, pray for us.

Practice: Meditate on those words of St. Dominic which he has left as a testament to us.  “By purity of life and the odor of a good name, you will work wonders among the people.”

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

Shrine of St. Dominic

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