I found another story to share that connects two members of the same family, separated by time, separated by a generation, separated by the materiality of the world, but nonetheless connected by divine coincidence- as kept in the memories and shared in the stories of many.
I am sending this postcard to heaven on what would have been your 98th birthday (May 21, 1918) here on earth.
As a teacher from Assumption once reminded me,
“Let the Spirits guide you.”
So, I did.
The story of St. Dominic sparked interest once again when Angkong came along to visit Igreja de S. Domingo / St. Dominic’s Church, located right in the heart of Senado Square. The Church was founded in 1587 by 3 Spanish Dominican priests who originally came from Acapulco, Mexico. It is also connected to the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.
A day before that, we caught a glimpse of him in the person of another. There we were, looking for a way to lead us to see the flamingos when Vati voiced out his observation of this one guy standing by his side.
In a few words, Angkong would have looked like him in person. Not by the similarities of their faces, but more on his stance, his height, his build. He seemed so much like him, exactly like how he looked in that photo in Senado Square.
The connection between Dominic and the Holy Rosary, even (or especially) in these modern times, still strive to kindle the fire within the hearts of the wavering faithful.
Thank you for letting me see that connection. Makes me want to believe that somewhere over the rainbow, where stars are shining brightly in the night, our hearts are in sync to the rhythm of the memories made into stories that restores the life that connects the roots to its branches. We’ve come full circle.
Here’s a short history on St. Dominic and Our Lady of the Holy Rosary:
The rosary probably began as a practice by the laity to imitate the monastic Divine Office. During the course of which, the monks prayed the 150 Psalms daily. The laity, many of whom could not read, substituted 50, or even 150, Ave Marias for the Psalms. This prayer seems to date from as early as the 2nd century, as ancient graffiti at Christian sites has suggested. Sometimes a cord with knots on it was used to keep an accurate count of the Aves.
The first clear historical reference to the rosary, however, is from the life of St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers or Dominicans. He preached a form of the rosary in France at the time that the Albigensian heresy was devastating the Faith there. Tradition has it that the Blessed Mother herself asked for the practice as an antidote for heresy and sin.
One of Dominic’s future disciples, Alain de Roche, began to establish Rosary Confraternities to promote the praying of the rosary. The form of the rosary we have today is believed to date from his time. Over the centuries the saints and popes have highly recommended the rosary, the greatest prayer in the Church after the Mass and Liturgy of the Hours. Not surprisingly, its most active promoters have been Dominicans. The roots of rosary history are hard to trace, but there is no doubt that it has become an important part of the Catholic tradition. St. Dominic de Guzman popularized the Marian Psalter in the form we have it today. So associated with the Rosary is St. Dominic that the Rosary is often called the “Dominican Rosary.”
Our Lady in her apparitions (those approved by the Church) has over and over again urged Christians to pray the Rosary. At Fatima, the Holy Virgin chose to identify herself to the children as the Lady of the Rosary.