At St. Dominic's death, he encouraged his brethren and those who will continue to follow in his footsteps by saying, "Behold, my children, the heritage I leave. Have charity for one another, guard humility, make your treasure out of voluntary poverty."
St. Dominic was known by his brethren as he traveled by foot to spread the Gospel, to either speak to God or to speak of God. He sang joyously songs in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary during his travels. At night, he was know to spend hours in prayer after his brethren were asleep. Before the presence of our Lord, he would weep for the souls of sinners who would not weep for their own sins.
On December 22, 1216, Pope Honorius III, approved of St. Dominic establishing an Order of Preachers, who will spread the Gospel message through their preaching and holiness of life. Within a year, St. Dominic dispersed his brethren to various areas of the world for the preaching of Gospel. Very little remains of any written documents of the saint; however, the his brethren recall the example of his life.
In 1206, while St. Dominic prayed on top of a hill in Fanjeux, France, he saw a ball of fire hovering over the town of Prouille. He took this as a sign confirming that he was to start an community of nuns in Prouille to pray for the conversion of souls and for the preaching of the Truth.
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