|To the Rescue - John Emms|
St. Dominic along with the Dominicans and St. Bernard of Clairvaux have a dog as a representation. The Bloodhound is named after St. Hubert of Liege (St. Hubert's hound). Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Menthon, who is the namesake of the St. Bernard breed, those famous alpine rescue and working dogs often depicted wearing small barrels around their necks. Like the before mentioned St. Bernard of Clairvaux, this St. Bernard also has a white dog as a representation.
St. Bernard was a priest in the Swiss Alps, where he evangelized for over 40 years, he also established a monastery and set up hospices for travellers and pilgrims passing though the dangerous path of what is now known as the Great St. Bernard Pass. If you are a skier, mountain climber, Alpinist or just travelling through some mountains, this is the saint for intercessions.
Sanctus Bernardus, ora pro nobis.