Dead and living skins

Today is the feast of St. Dominic, friar, founder of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, who died on August 6, 1221.

When asked why he sold all his possessions, including his parchment manuscripts, to aid plague victims in Palenares, he said:

“I will not study on dead skins while living skins are dying of hunger.”

Today’s first reading from Deuteronomy (10: 17-19) shares this concern for the poor, that moved people like Dominic to care for the poor:

“[God] shows no favor and takes no bribes,
but upholds the cause of the fatherless and the widow,
and befriends the stranger,
providing them with food and clothing.
You too must befriend the stranger,
for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.”

 

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