The day of the feast of the nativity of the B.V. Mary, the site www.dominicanfriends.org will be online, marking the beginning of the English translation of our portal.
For the launch of the English translation, we prepared ourselves by preparing with a novena. This marks the first step towards a journey with Mary and St. Dominic to meet new friends.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to pray the Memorare of Saint Bernard nine times a day in order to obtain a grace from Mary, was confident that she would be heard, and indeed with her efforts she crossed the borders of India and the whole world.
Father Dominic also prayed with great faith and sent his children preaching the Gospel through the streets of the world.
Over the next year the Order of Preachers celebrates the 800th anniversary of the dies natalis of our patriarch, on the subject “At the table with St. Dominic“.
By thanking and honoring such a valiant patriarch, who put us together on the journey, we feel encouraged to go further, and during the jubilee (which will take place between January 6th 2021 until January 6th 2022) we would like to extend this dream and path to other regions of the world, to meet new friends and share with them the good spiritual food of our website, as if we were sitting at the table with our holy father Dominic.
We would also like to translate the site into Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, German and French. We wish to spread back to the world the good we received!
Our thanks go to the many visitors who have traveled along with us in these 15 years now, and to the English language translators and proof readers who have made this first step possible.
Now moving onto such a demanding path is a call to honor St. Dominic, who spurs us to keep trusting in the help of the Lord and in the patronage of Mary.
Fr. Paolo of Venice, a witness in the process of canonization of St. Dominic, recounts that “maestro Domenico” addressed him and his other traveling companions like this: “You go ahead, let us think of the Savior“. He also testifies that “wherever he was, he was always talking about God or to God”. He confesses that “he has never seen him in anger, nor anxious or upset, nor from the rigors of travel or in any other circumstance, but to have always seen him joyful in tribulations and patient in adversity”.
The prayer that we will repeat nine times a day from August 30 to September 7 is this:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother, to thee I come, before thee I stand sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.
Translated by Riccardo Mugnaini
Proof read by Martha Nelson