Today is the feast of Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, known as the Dominicans. Since the 13th century they have taught, preached, and kept the faith alive; the prayer after Communion says they "have helped the Church to grow". The opening prayer for today's liturgy asks that Dominic may "help us now with his prayers as he once inspired people by his preaching."
The Gospel (MT15)is the story of the Canaanite woman who cried out to the Lord because her daughter was tormented by a demon. How many mothers have found help with her words, "Lord, help me"? She is heard because of her faith but also for her humility and her perseverance.