Commentary: Wayback Machine. Quoth the Holy Redeemer bulletin:
Saint Thomas Aquinas, O.P., was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, & Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher, theologian, & jurist.Quoth the Holy Family bulletin:
At five he was given to the Benedictine monastery at Monte Cassino in his parents' hopes he would choose that way of life & eventually become abbot. In 1239 he was sent to Naples to complete his studies. It was here that he was first attracted to Aristotle's philosophy. By 1243 Thomas abandoned his family's plans for him & joined the Dominicans, much to his mother's dismay. On her order, Thomas was captured by his brother & kept at home for over a year. Once free, he went to Paris & then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with (St.) Albert the Great (15 November). TheSumma Theologiae, his last &, unfortunately, uncompleted work, deals with the whole of Catholic theology. He stopped work on it after celebrating Mass on 6 December 1273. When asked why he stopped writing, he replied, "I cannot go on… All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen & what has ben revealed to me." He died 7 March 1274.'Tis also the feast of Blessed Charlemagne, Confessor (742-814, A.K.A. Charles I), King of the Franks & the inaugural Holy Roman Emperor: Blessed-link & Wikipedia-link.
'Tis also the feast of Saint Joseph Freinademetz, Priest, S.V.D. (1852-1908): Saint-link & Wikipedia-link.
9 Days for Life: Day Eight
For an end to the use of the death penalty in our country.
Scripture of the Day
The Letter to the Hebrews, chapter eleven, verses one, two, & eight thru nineteen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter one, verses sixty-nine thru seventy-five
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter four, verses thirty-five thru forty-one;
or, for St. Thomas:
The Book of Wisdom, chapter seven, verses seven thru ten, fifteen, & sixteen;
Psalm One Hundred Nineteen, verse twelve;
The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter twenty-three, verses eight thru twelve.
The Book of Isaiah, chapter sixty one (verses one thru X);
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter eleven, verses twenty-three thru thirty-four;
The Gospel according to Mark, chapter sixteen, verses one thru eight.
Commentary: The Mission to the Afflicted (Isaiah, 61:1-3) & the Reward of Israel (61:4-11); Tradition of the Institution (1 Corinthians, 11:23-34); & the Resurrection of Jesus (Mark, 16:1-8).
The First Letter to the Corinthians, chapter ten, verses sixteen & seventeen;
The Gospel according to Luke, chapter twenty-two, verses fourteen thru twenty;
The Gospel according to John, chapter six, verses twenty-five thru twenty-eight & forty-eight thru fifty-eight.
Commentary: Warning against Idolatry (1 Corinthians, 10:16&17), the Last Supper (Luke, 22:14-20), & the Bread of Life Discourse (John, 6:25-28 & 48-58).