Fra Angelico, the Dominican artist, painted The Mocking of Christ, and included a representation of the Founder of his Order, shown below. The Saint is immersed in the Word of God. The Dominicans have a number of mottos, and one of them is ‘to contemplate, and hand on to others the fruits of contemplation’. Here, St Dominic’s whole bearing expresses recollection and deep encounter with God.

He said: ‘Arm yourself with prayer, instead of a sword; be clothed with humility, instead of fine raiment’.

May St Dominic pray for us, that we may advance in the ways of prayer and humility, and may God bless you this day.