Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Patron Saint of Astronomers: Saint Dominic de Guzman

Saint Dominic de Guzman - founder of the Dominican order of friars - didn't become the patron saint of astronomers and astronomy because of any scientific leanings of his own. Instead, at his baptism the Blessed Joan saw a star shining from his chest, which associated him with heavenly bodies thereafter. A plaque depicting St. Dominic with a star on his brow (pictured at left) is the perfect piece of art to watch over your astronomical endeavors. (Other St. Dominic items.)

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