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Saturday, January 28, 2006
St. Thomas Aquinas
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Memorial (1969 Calendar): January 28
Double (1955 Calendar): March 7

Today the Church remember my confirmation saint and certainly one the deepest intellectual saints in the Church's history, St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and Doctor of the Church. He is especially dear to me since I chose him as my confirmation saint.

St. Thomas lived between 1225-1274 and in this time he openly rejected all things of the world and passions for intellectual growth. He, at 17 years old, sought to join the Dominican Friars, and his father, being a nobleman, had Thomas' brothers lock him into his room for a year to prevent such holy intentions. In order to stop Thomas from growing closer to God, St. Thomas' father sent him impure women just to make him sin and reject Our Lord. St. Thomas responded by chasing the women away with a flaming torch and from that day he was free from such temptations.

He was taught in Paris and Cologne under St. Albert the Great, but his greatest treasure to the Church was his writings. These writings exhibit some of the greatest harmony ever conceived on paper. He was declared a saint in 1323 and given the title "Doctor of the Church" in 1567.

His works including Summa Theologica (which he did not finish before his death) and his 5 proofs for God's existence are still regarded as theologically brilliant.  Few though also own and read his fantastic Commentary on the Gospels, the four volume set Catena Aurea.  St. Thomas Aquinas's thoughts led to the formation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the 1800s.

Please join me in praying a litany to St. Thomas Aquinas

Studiorum Ducem:
In a recent apostolic letter confirming the statutes of Canon Law, We declared that the guide to be followed in the higher studies by young men training for the priesthood was Thomas Aquinas. The approaching anniversary of the day when he was duly enrolled, six hundred years ago, in the calendar of the Saints, offers Us an admirable opportunity of inculcating this more and more firmly in the minds of Our students and explaining to them what advantage they may most usefully derive from the teaching of so illustrious a Doctor. For science truly deserving of the name and piety, the companion of all the virtues, are related in a marvelous bond of affinity, and, as God is very Truth and very Goodness, it would assuredly not be sufficient to procure the glory of God by the salvation of souls-the chief task and peculiar mission of the Church-if ministers of religion were well disciplined in knowledge and not also abundantly provided at the same time with the appropriate virtues.

Encyclical of Pope Pius XI promulgated on June 29, 1923
Prayer:

O God, through Whom Thy Church is glorified by the wonderful learning of Thy blessed Confessor Thomas and profiteth still from his holy labors: grant, we pray, that we may grasp his teaching with our minds and show it, as he did, in our lives. Through our Lord.

Prayer Source: 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal

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