We use the phrase "trial by fire" to describe a difficult testing used to prove someone or something. The expression comes from an actual event that was used to determine the truth of a claim. In his battle with the heresies of his day, St. Dominic de Guzmán (1170 - 1221) took part in a trial by fire. Learn how it turned out for the Spanish saint.
The Early Life of St. Dominic
Every mother of a son dreams of great things for her son, but it is not every son's mission and greatness that is foreshadowed to the mother in her dreams. However, such was the case with Dominic. The founder of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, was not even born when the Lord let his mother, Bl. Jane of Aza, know that her son was destined to spread the Light to the world.
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The First Steps Toward His Mission
The Albigensian Heresy
Joining the Battle for Hearts
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Trial by Fire
Of course, the miracle strengthened Dominic and encouraged him in his efforts.
This miracle was referenced in 1254 in a Divine Office composed by the Bishop of Orvieto. Then later, the King of France, Charles le Bel purchased the house in Fanjeaux where the trial was believed to have happened and made the house into a chapel.
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