Blessed Jordan and the Weasel

February 7, 2014

Day 3: Blessed Jordan and the Weasel

While we might typically associate animals more with St. Francis, Blessed Jordan had at least one miraculous encounter with an animal. On one journey a weasel caught the eye of some of the brothers and scurried into a hole. When Bl. Jordan discovered this, he commanded the creature to come out

The Master bent down and said, “Beautiful animal, come out, so that we can look at you.” Immediately it came to the opening of the hole and fixed its eyes on him. The Master then lifted up its forefeet with his hand, and with the other petted its head and back; all this the weasel accepted. Then the Master said to it, “Now go back into your hole and may your Creator be blessed.”

God always works miracles in order to further men in sanctifying grace. But this miracle reveals that God sometimes does this by manifesting the beauty and order of creation. This event in the life of Bl. Jordan is a small foretaste of the harmony of the new creation, for which we all long. Let us cry out with the Book of Daniel, “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord!” And let us also pray to Bl. Jordan that he may win many vocations for the Order of Preachers.

Blessed Jordan of Saxony, worthy successor of St. Dominic, in the early days of the Order, your example and zeal prompted many men and women to follow Christ in the white habit of Our Holy Father. As patron of Dominican vocations, continue to stimulate talented and devoted men and women to consecrate their lives to God. Through your intercession, lead to the Order of Preachers generous and sacrificing persons, willing to give themselves fervently to the apostolate of Truth. Help them to prepare themselves to be worthy of the grace of a Dominican vocation. Inspire their hearts to become learned of God, that with firm determination they might aspire to be “champions of the Faith and true lights of the world.”

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Image: Matt Lavin, Bridled Weasel

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