Tuesday of 3rd Week of OT A--Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church

Joy Is the Noblest Human Act

Today, the Church remembers Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church. He is honored with the title the “Angelic Doctor” who wrote the Summa Theologiae, the best known work of Thomas Aquinas. He is the patron of Catholic schools, colleges, and universities of philosophers, theologians, and booksellers.

Thomas was born of noble parents at Aquino in Italy in 1226. At the age of nineteen, he received the Dominican habit at Naples where he was studying. Nobody in his family supported him to become a monk. His brothers seized him on his way to Paris, and he suffered a two years’ captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca. Nobody, including his mother and sisters, could shake him in his vocation. While he was in confinement at Rocca-Secca, his brothers endeavored to entrap him into sin, but the attempt would not last long. With the help of the angel, he was preserved of the virtue of chastity.

Having at length escaped, Saint Thomas went to Cologne to study under Blessed Albert the Great, and after that to Paris, where for many years, he taught philosophy and theology. His rarest gifts of intellect were the products of prayer life and his special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. To his noblest human act reminds us the teaching of the Lord Jesus reported in today’s Gospel saying, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” When we are on our knees either in prayers or in front of the Blessed Sacrament, we are reminded to humble ourselves as the Lord humbles himself to die for us and continues to be with us in the Blessed Sacrament. Are you and I ready to come to him on our knees? Are you and I able to spend some little time in front of the Blessed Sacrament? What does it mean to be humble for you?

 

Weekday Homilies 2019

Homilies by Fr. Joseph Thang Nguyen


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