Aquinas, 1225-1274. Angelic Doctor, Feast Jan 28th.
Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus
safe and sure guide for knowing, understanding and accepting truth,
read Thomas. Teachers, students and anyone associated with education
or learning would be wise to implore and ask St Thomas for
enlightenment and wisdom. Why? Any attainment of knowledge without
its proper application can be harmful or healthy. The catholic
church has honored this holy man not only for his creative thinking
and remarkable holiness but also for his wise usage and blending of
his reasoning and believing.
Thomas acknowledged that Jesus
Christ was the Truth. He stated that knowing and believing are so
intricately joined together that it is impossible to do either one
without the other. Knowing is a part of believing, albeit hidden,
and believing is a prerequisite for knowledge. It is a scientific
and logical fact that one can not know unless one believes. It has
nothing to do with God, Christ or religion. It is a simple fact.
Only an ordered intelligence will grasp this. Why? It is the
principle of life. It is very simple, yet sublime too, and many can not grasp this or
care not to admit it. To believe one must want to believe and do it.
To believe is an activity. It is more than an assent of the
There is a heavenly wisdom or knowledge that is different from the
typical use of human knowledge. The best way to gain this wisdom is
authentic fear of God. Scripture reveals that this fear of God comes
only from God which is its origin. Fear of God is a gift of
God and it is also called respect and reverence for love, truth and
honesty. It obeys and is submissive to authority, order, law and sound
principles. It follows traditions, allegiances, vows and oaths. It
has nothing to do with trepidation and being scared of God. Thomas
of Aquinas exhibited and practiced this gift of wisdom in his life and writings.
He loved God to fear Him, not feared him to love. It doesn't
properly and orderly work that way. Scripture informs us that perfect love cast out fear.
All the doctors held
that God is the most knowable reality. No one has more intelligence,
truth, knowledge and goodness to share with us than God. Moreover,
no knowledge satisfies our longing so abundantly as knowledge of
God. Seeing and knowing God will be our perfect joy and eternal happiness in
It is very sad to say but Christians generally do not
fully reveal their religion the way God would have them. Why is
that? Ironically, there are approximately only two billion
Christians in the world. The rest are not Christians. That is a fact
of life. Why do Christians in many manners fail to communicate and
reveal Jesus Christ in his astonishing attributes and glory? Why do
approximately only 1/3 of the world’s population acknowledge Jesus as Savior? St
Thomas has many answers for us. He is also a marvelous example. How
can we be so knowledgeable about the things of God but not about God
Himself? If we look into Thomas’ life and petition him, we will help gain
precious knowledge, insight and wisdom about the eternal Being. He
daily manifests himself abundantly but his creatures may not always
do the same.
The Order of Preachers, called the Dominicans,
have a litany of holy men, women and children that are linked at the
end of this site. They are sources of immense inspiration. Their two
other doctors, Sts Albert and Catherine of Siena are included at the end.
The Dominicans, through the catholic church, have contributed
enormously to the secular, the sacred, and the scientific dimensions.
St Dominic, their founder, highlighted some of the Order's
missions and mandates to the praising (alaban), blessing (bendicen),
and the preaching (predican) of God.
Thomas was a kind
Dominican scholar who believed faith and reason when used together
logically and spiritually (influenced by grace) would enable
humanity to know and love God as the angels. St Thomas affirmed that
reason, itself, would not allow us to know God personally as a Lover or close Friend. God
desires us to share in the divine Spirit fully. He wrote that God is
in all things and intimately so . Humankind must use their intellect
wisely. Therefore, we should exercise our reason with faith for best
results. We should also assent to God. That means to submit our
intellect, heart and soul-our total self with faith to God to allow
God to capture us and for us to capture God's love.
is unquestionably the preeminent spokesperson or main authority of the catholic
tradition on reason and faith. He is the patron of many causes and
definitely that of catholic schools and those students and
adults eager to understand, know and love God with one's whole mind,
heart, soul and strength. God has given us our gifts. Consequently,
God wants us to be generous using our talents to serve the Almighty
and the divine creation.
St Thomas was a philosopher and
theologian. His reasoning powers were extraordinary and touched by
grace. His faith, reason, and unity of his faith with reason, are
revealed in his writings. He was a famous teacher in Europe. He took
the works of Aristotle that were most controversial and integrated
them into the church’s acceptance without fear. Thomas' ardent
prayer was: Lord, lead me in truth. Thomas wanted truth and believed
Jesus was the Truth. He found truth from a rational point of view
from what Aristotle said and applied it into the service of faith
within the catholic faith. Thomas never downplayed his enormous
intellectual abilities but he believed that his faith was the force
and the gift that would satisfy his soul with knowledge and love of
Our Dominican teacher insisted that the truths
of faith and those of sense experience are fully compatible and
complementary. Some truths, such as that of the mystery of the
Incarnation and the Trinity can be known only through revelation,
and others, such as that of the composition of material things, only
through experience. Thomas held that the existence of God is known
through both revelation and reason equally. For him, all knowledge
originates in sensation but sense data can be made intelligible only
by the work of the intellect. The intellect has a unique feature
that elevates thought. To reach this elevation of the highest
truths, revelation is necessary. The mind according to St Thomas
Aquinas possesses universals that are interdependent on human
thought. He opposed Nominalism and Conceptualism that claimed that
the mind could act independent of all sense operations.
wrote exclusively on philosophy, theology and many other related
topics. He included the subject of angels that are contained in his
masterpiece, the Summa Theologica . This was written to confront and
encounter the arguments brought by pagans against philosophy and the
theology of Christians.
The angels according to him are pure
spirits created by the infinite and inexplicable divine
Intelligence. Each angel received from God unique, but limited and
finite intelligence. Each of these pure, created spirits is an
infinitesimal part, but separate, from the highest, sacred Intelligence, God.
Each of the angels has a different and distinct intellect. The
varieties and myriads of angels are as vast as the stars in the
universe. All of the angels taken together in all their splendor and
radiance will give us but a tiny awareness and glimpse of the
awesomeness of God's omnipotence.
Naturally, Thomas reasoned
that humanity had both body and mind (intelligence). He viewed all
human creatures sharing but one type of intellect. This means that
all humanity is compared to one angel because every angel is a
distinct intelligence (spirit) having different types of intellect
from one another.
Homo sapiens is the Latin for humankind or our species or name. However,
Thomas deemed that each angel is a specie or type. When we reflect on the total intelligences of all the angels
together and humanity, we begin to realize the profound
and incredible intelligence of God. This fact is unfathomable,
incomparable and incomprehensible.
Thomas believed that
Christ, who was born a human being, is God, and took on the same human nature as
each of us but in perfect order and operation without losing his divinity. Thus, Thomas tried to
know, understand and believe in Jesus. He used with the help of the
church his reason and faith. He had an outstanding devotion and love
for Jesus. He focused especially on the Holy Eucharist devotion. For
this reason, the Pope commissioned Thomas to write on this
His writings on the Eucharist, such as the
benediction hymns, Pange Lingua Gloriosi (Sing, My tongue, the
Savior’s Glory) and O Salutaris Hostia (O Saving Victim), are
treasured by catholics because of their exquisite, angelical touches
that move the mind and heart to silent adoration and worship in
heartfelt praise and thanksgiving. The lyrics and melodies are
simply gorgeous and glorious perhaps because of the ‘real
’s power under the appearance of bread and wine. Listen and
“Sing, my tongue, the Savior’s glory, of his Flesh, the
Of the Blood all price exceeding, shed by our immortal
Destined for the world’s redemption, from a noble womb to
“O saving Victim, open wide the gates of heaven to us
Our foes press on from every side; your aid supply, your
Thomas was truly inspired to write these
poems because of his genuine belief. It is one of the central
mysteries of Christianity. The Trinity is another. Thomas imparts
ironic truth by stating that the divine nature of Jesus is very
simple. Human nature is more complex. Thus, one would imagine
inasmuch as we are not angels that it would be more easy to get to
know Jesus because he was human. Not so! Genuine love is easier and more
sublime than knowing because it's more about the nature of God.
Reason must, at times, step aside to make acts of love if one is to
receive union with God. Again, reason must not step aside when we
want to think about Jesus’ physical presence and his life, words, and
actions because we are not angels. God has given us a human mind to
use in a rational manner. Thomas felt that it was better to love God
than to know God, but in this world, seeking truth and believing in
it, will lead to love. Both functions are vital and necessary and
God will guide us.
The theology of the ‘real presence’ is
almost too good to be sacramentally and actual true yet invisible. It is a mystery beyond all mysteries. It
states that God who is everywhere is uniquely present in an
extraordinary and real manner, both human and divine, when a catholic priest pronounces the
words of consecration over bread and wine. Not even the angels can
grasp this awesome gift, treasure and reality. Nor could the angels
grasp that the God-Man was divine, based on observation alone unless
God permitted them to know. In fact, some theologians surmise that
the main reason some angels were punished was because of their disobedience
to God regarding the divinity of the God-Man, Jesus. How this
presence and test were revealed to the angels is theory and
Based on observation alone there was absolutely
nothing about the physical presence of Jesus Christ when he lived on
earth that would indicate his divinity to be anything else but only a human being. Wholehearted
faith is the submission of the mind and heart fully to a divine presence
that is not seen or comprehended completely. It is a test, a
challenge, a surrender, a gift and above all a thrilling mystery. It
is the substance of things to be hoped for which can not be seen or
fully understood. It requires submission. Humility or obedience is
required from both humans and angels.
When our church declares that the entire God-Man, Jesus Christ, in his body,
soul, blood and divinity is actually present in every tabernacle she
is stating a profound mystery. Under the appearance of consecrated
bread and reserved after mass, the church declares
a sacred mystery which Jesus stated and created. Partaking of this
glorious, spiritual bread worthily, whenever we are called, and, acting out our
life in imitation of Jesus, our daily food and meal, is at the heart and core
of being an authentic Christian.
Thomas was an intellectual
genius and his message is contained in an old maxim: Keep it simple,
stupid.(Kiss) God wants us to be as innocent as doves and cunning as serpents
to handle life and its challenges and demands. We must think
logically and rationally and be shrewd as adults but trust, surrender,
and believe in God as children to enjoy God and merit heaven as
God's gifts and mercy allow.
Toward the end of his life
Thomas received an awareness that everything that he had written was
quite insignificant compared to what God revealed to him. This
heavenly knowledge Thomas received grasped everything according to his limited understanding but to fully understand
would have been impossible. To comprehend God in a
loving-knowing manner is a heavenly gift. It comforts the heart and
enables one to live blissfully. Naturally, one does not see God with
one's bodily eyes but one experiences the very essence of God which
is love. Thomas was the consummate thinker because he was the
consummate lover. He knew that our hearts have its own reason and
rationale and grasps things that our mind cannot know because of its
limited nature. The nature of God, angels, and creations are precious
realities and gifts to treasure in one's mind and heart. They are graces freely bestowed on us to guide
everyone in a loving and knowing manner. Divine Providence ordains
that we know and love God throughout eternity as we believed and
cooperated with God’s plan. That’s the Almighty’s design for
It doesn’t matter if thinking leads us to acts of love
or if acts of love lead us to thinking. No one is going to become a
consummate lover as Thomas only by using one’s mind. It is how an
individual uses his thinking process and the gifts God has given to us, that helps determine one’s
ability to love. The world is full of intellectual geniuses. The
purity of one’s thinking, the chastity of one’s memory and the
innocence of one’s living and seeing others are important. It is not
easy to become a consummate lover. Intentions alone will not do it.
Effort will not do it. It takes pure pleading and incessant
sincerity to be free from our imperfect tendencies and human way of
thinking. Even with our best efforts and struggles, we retain our
own human stamp of imperfection.
Thomas was very close to
“historical” purity if such a word exist. Tradition informs us that
he continually wore a relic of St Agnes. She was one of the church’s
early, consecrated virgins who gave her life for purity. When Jesus
stated in the beatitudes that blessed are the pure of heart for they
shall see God, he also meant that the pure of heart would think as
God because in God, all activity is the same: lovingly united and
operating perfectly and eternally.
Contemplative prayer is
expression and conversation with God by using one’s complete mind, heart, feeling, and spirit. It is a loving-knowing experience.
It can be both active
and passive or only active or only passive. When God does all the
moving, touching and conversing with us we are being acted upon. We
are recipients and are passive. Likewise, when we do all the
talking, expression and conversing with God, we are active and we do
the initiating. Often, prayer is a mixture of both. St Thomas
described the contemplative life with action as the highest and
His brilliant mind advocated at least five
reasons for proving the existence of God. Thomas said that we could
prove the existence of God with reason alone but that it was very
difficult. He said that one could not disprove that the universe
always existed according to human reason. However, there has to be a
first cause to have an effect. The ‘cross-over’ from reason to
belief requires a bridge-gap that is called faith. It is a gift from God
and not a right. The gap between reason and love or between mind and
spirit need not be separate although there is an eternity between
these because God has established this order in order that justice
be satisfied. It is based upon both supernatural and natural law. It
states: whatever goes up must come down. In spiritual terms it means
what Christ said: whoever humbles himself will be exalted and he who
exalts himself will be humble.
God is the immovable first
cause of all creation. When creatures turn away or turn from God to
sin, God does not turn away from creatures because God the Creator
is immovable. Sin puts up barriers or roadblocks so that we can not
approach God. Thomas tells us that Christ willed to be tempted by
the flesh, the world and the devil for at least three reasons: 1)-to
strengthen us, 2) to serve as an Example, 3) to warn all that no one
is exempt from temptation, especially holy people. In fact, they are
the evil one’s principal prey because of his heinous jealousy toward
them. By looking at Jesus’ temptation we gain immense confidence in
knowing that we have a Friend that is like us in every way except
sin. That fortifies us and can make us impenetrable with God’s
strength. It shelters us from harm and sin.
and God’s gift help take away that which reduce or limit our
knowing, loving or being intimate with the infinite Lover. When we
use our mind and heart according to the divine plan, according to
Thomas, we are united in love and knowledge and live the very life
According to Thomas Aquinas our intelligence and
reasoning powers are God’s gifts. We should use them in believing in
the Supreme Being and acting good according to the will of God. We
are then fulfilling what God wants of us. No one can fathom the
infinite mind and heart of God because God has no limits or
limitations. When we think lovingly about God or Jesus Christ, his
Son, we are able to be transformed. It can change us according to
the image of Jesus Christ, who imparts, implants and impressed
himself in our being. When we act as Jesus acted according to God’s
plan, we will be recognized as good and holy. St Thomas firmly
believed that all Christians make up the mystical body of Christ. It
was his great love for the body of Christ that the pope commissioned
him to compose the liturgy for the feast of Corpus
St Thomas was a great teacher and wrote many books
about the teachings of the catholic church. He is known for his
great love of Jesus in the blessed sacrament. It is his prayers and
hymns on the eucharist used today that help us know, love and
believe in God.
Reason by itself can not transform us. Any
natural action or operation has no penetration into the supernatural
domain. The supernatural will always be non-natural. However, a
loving thought can help us to be transformed. Love united with our
reason has spiritual and transforming divine power. St Thomas’
theory of transformation is that the ultimate goal of the Christian
life is the beatific vision. This means an act of seeing. The act of
seeing is in heaven. The art of seeing is a natural act and contains
no mystery because we can rationalize it and explain it. It is
perfectly clear and understood. The act of seeing, however, joins,
unites and transforms us through faith on earth in a supernatural
manner. It is totally divine and mysterious. No one can adequately
explain this phenomenon because it goes beyond reason and
explanation. The book entitled: And now I see… Theology of
Transformation, by Robert Barron, illustrates and explains that
Christianity is, above all, a way of seeing. This book and honoring
God in eucharistic devotion as advocated by Thomas are ways about
coming to vision through Jesus Christ.
Aquinas’ esteem for
Our Lady is as no other. He went so far to say that even if a person
should die in mortal sin, the divine Mother has obtained from God a
suspension of his sentence and a return of life to do penance with
God’s permission. Thomas stated this to indicate that many would
have been lost without Mary’s powerful intercession with her Son. He
will show mercy if they are not beyond the reaches of God’s
inscrutable mercy. This omnipotent mercy does not go beyond the
justice of God. However, through Mary, God’s mercy can go
immediately through God’s justice when she intercedes.
example must not be construed to contradict what the church teaches
or encourage rash judgment that says people can live in sin with the
hope that Mary will deliver them from hell if they should die in
that state. The Mother of God has extraordinary power, mercy and
favor from the Father, Spirit and Son as no one else. Less any one
disputes this grace, they should read the book, Hail Holy Queen by St. Alphonsus Liguori, one of the major Marian doctors.
Listen to what
Rengers quotes in his book on The 33 Doctors of the Church -see
Sources-about Mary's care for sinners:
"She is endowed with this
great privilege, that all sinners, all evil-doers who wholeheartedly
hasten to her are saved... and all prayers which are poured forth to
her are heard...Come, let us go confidently to this temple of grace,
that we may find mercy."
Oh! Mary, the Church, the Angelic and Common
Doctor, St Thomas Aquinas, and all the saints proclaim that you are
the Glory of Jerusalem, the Joy of Israel, the Honor of your People
and the Highest Esteem of our Race.
Even the Doctor of
Doctrine, Pope Leo, stated that the Blessed Virgin has so merciful a
heart that she deserves not only to be called merciful but mercy
itself. All the doctors remarked that Mary, whose Spirit is the same
as that of her Son, albeit distinctly different, could never be
doubted that she is always inclined to mercy. St Bridget tells us
that Mary told her that she is called the Mother of Mercy because
God’s mercy made her in that manner for all humankind because we
needed it and because God alone is infinitely merciful to all
All the doctors have amazing thoughts, concepts and ideas about Mary. See the two links below and go to the end and beginning of each link respectively to see and listen to what the doctors have said about Mary including St Thomas Aquinas which can be found in no other place.
THE DOCTORS AND ST. MARY (Go to end of the link)
THE DOCTORS' PRESCRIPTIONS-(Go to the beginning of the link)
Aquinas brilliantly succeeded where many failed. He
created a philosophical system combining Aristotle, Augustine and
other church’s fathers. He built on Averroes, Avicenna and other
Islamic scholars. He used Jewish thinkers such as Maimonides and
Solomon ben Yehuda. He used all of the above and more and brought it
in alignment with the bible and catholic doctrine.
in Thomist philosophy began to revive toward the end of the 19th
century. Pope Leo XIII affirmed the Thomist philosophy is the surest
guide to Roman Catholic doctrine and discouraged all departures from
it. Thomism remains a leading school of contemporary thought. Among
the thinkers, Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic alike, who have
operated within the Thomist framework, have been the French
philosophers Jacques Maritain and Etienne Gilson. I am in debt to
Microsoft Encarta 98 Encyclopedia for some of the data about
Despite all of his scholarship and the creation of a
philosophy which the church has adopted as her very own, Thomas was
above all a theologian who used his intellect in service to the
church to explain the love of his life, Jesus Christ.
St Thomas would want us to reflect that
as often as we receive the Holy Eucharist the life we receive is the
same, resurrected life of Jesus and the same life he gave back to
Lazarus. This resurrected life is also new life for each of us as
often as we believe in him and attempt to find it in the sick,
suffering, deceased and needy. It also gives us power to have more
confidence in him. It allows us to be patience and trust in Jesus as
Martha and Mary did. This powerful new life can also assure us of
the tremendous friendship that God extends to each of us coming in
such a personal and intimate manner and ever so frequently. Lastly,
this new life will cure us spiritually and bodily according to the
holy will of God. Every day can be a joyous Easter Sunday with the
resurrection of Jesus. It becomes our very own to experience daily
if we are believers and lovers of the Eucharist: “Sing, my tongue,
the Savior’s glory, of His flesh, the mystery sing!”
Christians are truly Easter people. Resurrection, new life in Christ
and Holy Communion are for Thomas like reason and
faith-interrelated, interdependent and interconnected. As Holy
Thursday is the holiest day of the year, Easter is the most glorious
and holiest season of the church. Christmas is the actual tasting of
the flesh of God in the sacrament and the solemnity of the birth of
the Lord. The resurrected Christ, for those who exercise their faith
and reason, is alive in all creation and creatures because of his
coming and rising. Of course God is not perceived to those who
choose not to believe. Thus we see how powerful faith in Christ
really is. It gives us life and nourishment everyday. However, more
than life, it gives us eternal life. Eternal life for the Christian
is new life. This can not be gained without accepting and believing
in Jesus’ words: “I am the Life”.
Faith must be understood
much more than the church, the bible and the gospels. Those three
gifts help us with our faith. However, God knew that those gifts
would not be for everyone immediately. Faith is more about life and
love. We immediately receive life when we are born. Love, hopefully,
follows soon thereafter. However, what is significant is the seed of
faith encompasses all. That is why believers in Jesus are Easter
people. We actually become what we believe incredible as it
The gospels do not mention that Jesus appeared to his
mother after his resurrection. Why do saints affirm this? Lovers of
Christ use their reason as much as their faith, if not more. Why? It
is a sublime gift! St Ignatius of Loyola, one of the greatest
mystics of the church and the founder of the Jesuits, although not a
doctor yet,(with more to follow) wrote that Jesus first appeared to his mother after the
resurrection. Why not? Isn’t that right?
Right reason has to
draw this conclusion based on facts. What facts if the gospels
doesn’t state it? The fact of life. The fact that Jesus was born in
time from Mary indicates that when he rose he would be reborn for
his church in her. The physical presence is the first, logical,
appearance because that is the way it happened in time. What is true
in eternity with God when he became man in Mary must be true in time
when he returned to Mary. Why is that? That is because he came first
to Mary. God does things in perfect order for lovers and he does
things in perfect order for sinners. However, he does things for
lovers first. Mary of Magdala, who he first appeared according to
scripture, after the resurrection, represents us sinners, struggling
to become saints. Mary, his perfect creature and mother, who he
first appeared, is based on love and life.
Mother is as it were our saint turned as a sinner as Christ became
our criminal for our crimes. Christ came for sinners not saints.
This is another reason we must love sinners. Logic would have us not
to do this but God’s spirit in us, touching us with his holy love,
urges us on to embrace others. The Holy Spirit empowers and
impregnates us to overlook the sin for the sinners as God has done
for us on numerous occasions. Mary, through the Holy Spirit, first
did the same for us. The church has designated her as model and
The sublime use of reason, which is above all
creation (for no one in creation among all created things has an
intellect as a human being), must submit (be humble) as Christ if
they are to gain heaven. This fact is based upon his example and
actions as our model.
Thomas gently encourages us
to think about Jesus often. One of Jesus’ overpowering acts was the
raising of Lazarus from the dead after being in the tomb for more
than three days. When we use our mind with God’s graces we shall
discover many more reasons why Jesus waited four days
before bringing Lazarus back to life. Thomas mentions a few reasons
quoting from other doctors as a spiritual interpretation for the
The first day could represent those who are
powerless to help themselves spiritually. They are dead or separated
from the life of the spirit. This could include the possessed or
those obsessed by evil. This might include people who have ingrained
immoral habits, thoughts or feelings. God’s mercy and providence can
help them through the communion of the saints and Christ
intervention. They need our prayer desperately and are imprisoned in
error, sin and spiritual death.
The second day represents
those who are impaired living spiritually because they are oppressed
or depressed. Many receive vicious attack by powerful spiritual and
human forces. They are constantly being ‘dragged down’. Some may be
in a state of depression and trapped and only God’s favor can help
them. This group needs professional and spiritual assistance and our
prayers and action are greatly needed.
The third day wait by
Jesus toward Lazarus could indicate that we must never stop pleading
for the suppressed and repressed. They need guidance to gain peace
of mind and spirit. Our prayers and goodwill toward those who are in
need both spiritually and corporally will be rewarded if we beseech
God through the merits of his Son who came down for sinners and the
wayward. Many of these people may not be aware that they are
supressing and repressing thoughts, feelings and actions that are
constantly getting them into physical or spiritual harm and injury.
Plead and beg the merciful God to have pity on them.
Jesus waited to assist Lazarus for four days to remind us that we
need to redouble our trust in his almighty power and that nothing is
impossible with God. Millions of creatures suffer from severe
trials, temptations, test and even torture and need our prayers.
Thomas would have us to petition the good God as Martha and Mary
pleaded for their brother despite all the odds.
miracles, brings people back to spiritual life, opens heaven’s doors
and destroys death.
These four days are signs and signals
that divine intervention is ready and willing when we implore God
for ourselves and those who are in most need of God’s
Spiritual and physical death is overcome by Jesus’
power. We have his power with our intelligence and grace. St Thomas
would have us use our mind in prayer and our soul in supplication.
He would urge us to use our heart to beg God to help those who can
not help themselves. Finally, our doctor-advocate would ask us to
cry to the Blessed Virgin, and the saints to intercede for us with
all of our strength, to aid those who have no one to pray for
are blessed and privileged to be a pilgrim on earth and blessed with
a faith that has been either passed on to us from others, the church
or a gift of God. Treasure that faith faithfully as St Thomas
Aquinas advises by acting as him, angelically, as far as it resides
in your powers of mind and heart. Our guardian angel is as closed to
us as our heartbeat and thoughts. Engage in prayer to love and think
more wisely and lovingly:
The Summa, Saint Thomas' most notable and scholarly writing is summed up by stating that "In
the first part we will treat of God, in the second, of the turning
back of spirit-endowed creatures to God, in the third of Christ, Who
is in his humanity the way on which we will succeed to God."
There is no way more straight, authentic and narrow than
getting to know the humanity of Jesus Christ. Using our reason and
faith faithfully daily will illuminate our mind and binds us in our
faith in a transforming manner beyond all words and expectations. To
be a true lover of God in the fullest sense of the word is to be
captured by the loving Creator of all creation and creatures. By
allowing ourselves to be captured by God, who infinitely craves us,
we will be able to love the Creator fully. Then and only then, will
we be able to love all creatures and creation unconditionally and
succeed to God in the manner that St Thomas of Aquinas
Fr Christopher Rengers', OFM.Cap., book on The 33
Doctors of the Church has 23 pages on St Thomas and is filled with
reflective anecdotes and fascinating stories. One example is that
when Thomas was an infant he was sleeping in the same room with his
sister who was struck by lightning and died.
Why did his
sister die and not Thomas? Where would the church be without St
Thomas? In fact, where would the church be without any of us? Each
person is precious, unique and has a contributory role to benefit
humankind. However, Providence is in charge and no one dies by
accident but by a loving Father's hand. It is only by faith, wisdom
and trust that creatures can accept this incredible mystery and the
mystery of God.
There are many other insights about St Thomas
that Father Christopher offers in his book that shows his warmth,
charity and generous efforts to all.
To learn about Thomas'
teacher St Albert click:
view the other great Dominican doctor, St Catherine of Siena,
an excellent Dominican resource website: click below. This is the
same link following St Albert the Great and St Catherine of
The subject of angels that St Thomas Aquinas (Angelic Doctor)
wrote about is constantly appearing. One such outstanding book which
contains authentic Catholic teaching, plus approximately 200 stories
of saints and holy people who saw and dealt with angels is Angels
and Devils by Joan Carroll Cruz and this if found in the doctoral sources:
Books also published: All About The Angels , by Fr. Paul O' Sullivan,
a Dominican. This is a charming book that shows how the Angels have
assisted people innumerable times in the past and how they continue
to help us today-Awesome. Angels are personal, intimate, powerful
and lovable for each of us according to our faith, hope and charity
and the degree of devotion that we have toward them.
The famous writer G. K. Chesterton has written a classic on St Thomas entitled The Dumb Ox
Thomas' writings also includes the theory of the "just war".
St Thomas Aquinas: His Life and Writings: priest and Doctor of the Church by Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosia, link below.
Saint Thomas Aquanis
information about angels:
The below web site contains comprehensive resources on our church, faith, the bible, saints, writings, apologetics, evangelization, family issues, links, and many pertinent services. This superior and highly organized web site (see Table of Content) is a most fascinating site with beautiful prayers, devotions, and really too much to enumerate. A truly universal catholic site.
Inasmuch as Thomas wrote on the precious blood, the following information is
currently below although not directely related to Thomas.
PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
During the month of July, the Church traditionally honors the precious, sacred Blood of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. We know from our faith that each time we take Communion we receive Christ's Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. In July, “Let us fix our eyes on Christ’s blood and understand how precious it is to his Father, for, poured out for our salvation it has brought to the whole world the grace of repentance-Saint Clement of Rome.
In July, the Church honors St Mary Magdalene.
Mary is one of the most famous and mysterious women in history.
Listen to these words that Jesus said of her.
“Amen I say to you, wheresoever this Gospel shall be preached in the whole world, that also which she hath done, shall be told for a memory of her.”-Our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:13)
Truly repentant lovers made a deep and lasting impression on Jesus' memory. How lasting? Try using and undertanding the word eternal. Lovers and those who love lovers are extraordinarily jealous. They not only want all their love but want others to know and share it with everyone forever. This is called supreme generosity that has no limits or bounds because this love belongs to the Supreme Being who shares it with authentic lovers. This is the exact, meaningful payback of love: love is repaid by love alone.
The below is taken from the book entitled Mary Magdalen in the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Section 89 is named: The Blessed Mother and Magdalen Cleanse the Wounds of Jesus.
The face of the Lord was hardly recognizable, so greatly was it disfigured by blood and wounds. The torn hair of the head and beard was clotted with blood. Mary washed the head and beard and soaked the dried blood from the hair with sponges. As the washing proceeded, the awful cruelties to which Jesus had been subjected became more apparent, and roused emotions of compassion, sorrows, and tenderness as she went from wound to wound. With a sponge and a little linen over the fingers of her right hand, she washed the blood from the wounds of the head, from the broken eyes, the nostrils, and the ears. With the little piece of linen on the forefinger, she purified the half-opened mouth, the tongue, the teeth, and the lips.
She divided into three parts the little that remained of His hair. One part fell on either side of the head, and the third over the back. The front hair, after disengaging and cleansing it, she smoothed behind His ears. When the sacred head had been thoroughly cleansed, the Blessed Virgin kissed the cheeks and covered it. Her care was next directed to the neck, the shoulders, the breast, and the back of the Sacred Body, the arms and the torn hands filled with blood. Ah, then was the terrible condition to which it had been reduced displayed in all its horror!
The bones of the breast, as well as all the nerves, were dislocated and strained and thereby become stiff and inflexible. The shoulder upon which Jesus had borne the heavy cross was so lacerated that it had become one great wound, and the whole of the upper part of the body was full of welts and cuts from the scourges. There was a small wound in the left breast where the point of Cassius’ lance had come out, and in the right side was opened that great, wide wound made by the lance, which had pierced His heart through and through. Mary washed and purified all these wounds, while Magdalen, kneeling before her, frequently lent assistance, though for the most part she remained at Jesus’ feet bathing them for the last time, more with her tears than with water, and wiping them with her hair.
The head, the upper part of the body, and the feet of the Lord had now been cleansed from blood. The Sacred Body still lay in Mary’s lap, bluish white, glistening like flesh drained of blood, with her and three brown stains of coagulated blood that looked like red moles, and red places where the skin had been torn off. The Blessed Virgin covered the parts as they were washed, and began to embalm the wounds, commencing with those of the head. The holy women knelt by her in turn, presenting to her a box from which, with the forefinger and thumb of the right hand, she took out something like salve, or precious ointment, with which she filled and anointed all the wounds. She put some upon the hair also, and I saw her taking the hands of Jesus in her own left hand, reverently kissing them, and then filling the wide wounds made by the nails with the ointment, or sweet spices.
The ears, nostrils, and wound of Jesus’ side she likewise filled with the same. Magdalen was busied principally with the feet of Jesus. She repeatedly wiped and anointed them, but only to bedew them again with her tears, and she often knelt long with her face pressed upon them. (Vol 4, pp, 328-330) Published by TAN listed in the doctoral sources and links.
The Power of the Blood of Christ by Rev Andrew Murray, M.A., D.D., is found in the Resources and has some interesting comments on the Precious Blood.
The blood of Christ has opened the way to God's presence. This allow us to experience the highest blessing of which is intimacy with God.
It is the highest blessing because it offers us total union with God on earth and perfect love through interior intimacy. This in turn offers us the
grace to procure for others rich graces and favors. In intimacy, which the blood of Christ provides, in God, our love will be set on fire by the love
of God. Do not fear because the blood of Jesus has unspeakable virtue and glory in God's sight and has irresistible power to achieve his will in all
things. "Do not fear to expect that Jesus Himself will reveal in you the power of the blood to bring you near to God. The blood was shed to unite us
to God. The blood has accomplished its work and will perfect it in you..." The last quote is taken from his book.
LITANY OF THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
Responses are in Italics
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God, Save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, Save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in the Agony, Save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, Save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, Save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Price of our salvation, Save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, Save us.
Blood of Christ, river of mercy, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Victor over demons, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Courage of martyrs, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Strength of confessors, Save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth virgins, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Help of those in peril, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Relief of the burdened, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Solace in sorrow, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Hope of the penitent, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Consolation of the dying, Save us.
Blood of Christ, Peace and Tenderness of hearts, Save us
Blood of Christ, Pledge of Eternal Life, Save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from Purgatory, Save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, Save us
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord, in Thy Blood, And made of us a kingdom for our God.
Let Us Pray: Almighty and Eternal God, Thou hast appointed Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and willed to be appeased by His Blood. Grant, we beseech Thee, that we may worthily adore this Price of our salvation, and through its power be safeguarded from the evils of this present life, so that we may rejoice in its fruits forever in Heaven. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Source:A Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies, Fr. Albert J. Hebert, S.M.;Tan books