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Friday, January 28, 2011

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Angelic Doctor
From Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist
Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P. is arguably the greatest theologian God has given to the Church. He is an incomparable philosopher and teacher, and a radiant light among the illustrious saints of the Order of Preachers.

To this gentle saint, however, there is a depth and holiness that is present yet often overlooked. When one peels off centuries of commentary and interpretation, the person and sanctity of this great saint emerge. So often Catholics and non-Catholics alike associate St. Thomas with a motionless placid-like spirituality. On the contrary - St. Thomas' spirituality was one of vitality and ardent longing for God. The question of his childhood: "what is God" was the throbbing force in his life, compelling him toward union with the Beloved.

His was a Eucharistic spirituality, evident in his hymns that were, in effect, love-poems to the Hidden God. And what zeal for souls - his entire life was given to the good of souls by the preaching of Truth.

The Angelic Doctor has much to teach us still, nearly 800 years after his death, by his writings, preaching and teaching. His title was "Master" in all these aspects.

We can also learn from him as "Master of the Spiritual Life." These are St. Thomas' most difficult lessons to learn, because he teaches by silence and humility, the watchwords of his spirituality.
Adoro te Devote

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