Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thomas Aquinas: All Things For The Glory Of God

Thomas Aquinas was a priest, professor, and is a Doctor of the Church. He is considered to be one of, if not the greatest thinker in the history of the Church. I am in no way qualified to discuss his writings, and to be honest, I have great difficulty understanding them. However, when I do come across something of his that I am able to understand, I take it as a very clear sign that it is something that God needs for me to hear and understand.
Thomas Aquinas studied, taught and wrote constantly, but he also prayed constantly. This is the lesson I can take from this great saint's life. He prayed much and his writing, study and teaching bore much good fruit in his life and for the life of the Church. He did all of this, not for his own fame or recognition, but for God's.
In my own life, I need to remember to do the same. It starts with prayer. I can't give what I don't have. Without prayer, I am attempting to fly solo and in my experience that always leads to some sort of disastrous crash! When I give my day to God and ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance, things seem to be better. Even if they don't go as I hope, my reaction to the upsets and setbacks is better. Somehow I think St Thomas knew this and lived it.
There is much we can learn form this learned saint, but what I am taking from his life is that while he studied, wrote and taught much, he also prayed much.
I ask St Thomas Aquinas' intercession today that I will give all that I do to God for His glory, not mine.
I am going to leave you with a story of one of the miracles surrounding St Thomas and the Eucharist.

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you.~
St. Thomas Aquinas


Anne said...

A few years ago, I ran across a recommended book list for all Catholics and the Summa Theologica was on it. I was determined to add it to my list of books I had read. I mentioned this to our new pastor when he gave a great homily about St. Thomas Aquinas. I think he worked hard to contain his laughter when I mispronounced the title and then smugly told me the book was way too long and difficult for me to read. And I never did. Would love to find a "Summa for dummies" somewhere!

Karinann said...

You can find chapters of the Summa on line (just Google it) I know there are also watered down versions out there as well~don't know about a for dummies book though :) I could use one myself.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.