Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary over the entire Order of Preachers
Today is a Sunday in the Easter season, so we will not commemorate this memorial today liturgically, but we will be renewing our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and honoring her Patronage of the Dominican Order in our hearts!
According to the "Miracles of St. Dominic" narrated by Blessed Cecilia (who knew St. Dominic personally), St. Dominic had a vision of the Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"As Blessed Dominic looked around, he could see religious of all the orders but his own before the throne of God. He began to weep bitterly...The Lord asked him, 'Why are you weeping so?' 'I am weeping because I see all the other orders here but no sign of my own.' The Lord said to him, 'Do you wish to see your Order?' and he answered, 'Yes, Lord.' Then the Blessed Virgin opened the cloak she was wearing and spread it out before Blessed Dominic, to whom it seemed vast enough to cover the entire heaven, and under it he saw a large multitude of the brethren. Then prostrating himself, Blessed Dominic gave thanks to God and to Blessed Mary his mother."
We can only hope the sisters (as pictured above) were there, too!
We wish all of you a joyous Mother's Day and give a special thanks to all our mothers, living and deceased!