Dominic’s four resolutions are very simple. They were written by a seven-year-old. They also show great wisdom.
Holding Jesus as a friend along with our Mother Mary is a great first step. In our faith, we need to remember that Jesus is a person that we can have a relationship with. We are made to be in a loving relationship with God. This should be a friendship (and much more).
Jesus calls us to be like a like a child. Dominic was a model for this. He loved Jesus as His friend. Dominic trusted Christ and loved Him.
This love led to the other resolutions. Frequent reception of the sacraments is how we reconcile and unite with God. To receive the sacraments worthily, we need to sanctify the Sabbath and holy days. Dominic, at age seven, understood this.
Finally, Dominic resolved to accept death but not sin. In this, he strove to accept any suffering in this world before he would commit a sin. What a great goal. He wanted to be perfect and set out to be perfect. None of the biographies claim that Dominic achieved sinless perfection, but he set his goal on achieving that perfection. We should do the same. We may never become perfect in this life, but we must try. Too often we set our sights on mediocrity. Dominic, in this childish simplicity, understood that following God is not something to be done casually or lackadaisically. He resolved to be as great as grace would allow him.
One virtue that recurs over and over with the saints is humility. We all have different gifts from God and develop the virtues in varying degrees. Despite this, humility is at the foundation. We saw in St. Hildegard’s Pillar and in St. Therese’s Little Way. Dominic also pursued humility. This humility was in relation to God and to others.
We see this in one of Dominic’s quotes, “I can’t do big things, but I want everything to be for the glory of God.” (ST. DOMINIC SAVIO)
This sounds so much like St. Therese. Dominic also found a little way. He was humble in everything he did, and this humility, paradoxically, made him great.
This may be the greatest challenge we face and the most difficult paradox to accept. To be great, we must seek humility and weakness. If we pursue wealth, power, fame and honor, we will be left frustrated. Our strength ensures our defeat and our weakness allows our triumph.
Dominic has the answer to this paradox. We must rely on God. It is not up to any of us to do big things. Apart from grace, we could never do anything, let alone big things.
When we surrender to God in our weakness, we can rely on His strength, and thereby, we overcome any obstacle.
St. Dominic Savio’s Path to Virtue