The other day I was looking at a biography of St. Dominic. Much to my surprise, I found out that he started the Dominican Order only 5 years before he died. He had been out preaching for 12 years before that. By today's standards he died young--about 51. But few people have left such an enduring legacy. For almost eight centuries the Dominicans have been a vital force in the Church, preaching, teaching and bringing people to God.
Who would have thought that a mere five years of effort would have borne so much fruit? It happened not so much because of Dominic's own efforts but the grace of God. Dominic spent most of his life growing in holiness, so that when the time came to start his order, he did it out of real love for God. He wasn't after personal advancement. His holiness bore fruit in his work. Like St Paul said, "I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth."