Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 14 March

photograph of a Saint Thomas Aquinas roundel, Convento de Las Duenas, Salamanca, Spain; swiped with permission from the flickr account of Father Lawrence Lew, OPOctave Day of Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas was so humble that, as the Church declares in his Office, he never felt any temptation to vanity; so charitable that he never grieved any one by an unkind word. But his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament surpassed all his other virtues. He must, indeed, have explained well the greatness of this mystery, since Our Lord Himself deigned to say to him three times – at Paris, at Naples and at Orvieto: “Thou hast written well of Me, Thomas.” After having drunk in deeply the harmonies of Eucharistic doctrine, he became, in his Office of the Most Holy Sacrament, its most admired singer and poet. Usually, after having said his Mass, he served another and then prepared for work. What a touching sight when, at the end of his life, about to receive the Holy Viaticum, he raised himself on the bed of ashes on which, through humility, he had desired to be placed, and cried out: “O my Redeemer, it is for Thee that I have labored, I trust that I have said nothing amiss concerning Thee. If I have spoken ill, I submit all to the judgment of the Roman Church in whose obedience I die.” Would that all writers had the humility, though they have not the genius, of Saint Thomas.

Prayer

Saint Thomas, inspire the sick and those who attend them not to put off the reception of the Holy Viaticum.

Practice

At Holy Communion be filled with the sentiments of Saint Thomas when celebrating Mass and say with him: “Lord, grant that this Communion may be to me for the increase of charity, patience, humility and all virtues.”