Bl. John Dominic is also known as Giovanni Dominici. He was born in Florence, Italy in 1350 to a family with a humble background. He suffered a speech impediment which caused him to stammer and stutter. While young, Bl. John spent much time in prayer at the Dominican Church of Santa Maria Navella.
At the age of 17 he was accepted into the Dominican Order in spite of his speech impediment and lack of education. He studied in Pisa, Florence and the University of Paris where he received his degree in theology.
As a priest he served as a preacher in Venice, Italy for twelve years. He was appointed vicar-provincial of the Roman Province. He labored to help those affected by the Black Plague. He also successfully renewed the Dominican Order. In 1407 he was made cardinal and confessor of the Pope. He attempted to heal the Western Schism and convinced Pope Gregory XII to call the Council of Constance.
In 1420 Bl. John Dominic died from a fever on June 10.
In the light of faith, we can regard the altar as the heavenly Father does.
What does he see upon the altar?
He sees the Son of His love…the Son in whom He is well pleased.
Quote of Bl. Columba Marmion, Feast day October 3
June is the Month of the Sacred Heart