Beautiful prayers for visits to the Blessed Sacrament, spiritual communion, acquiring virtues, etc.
His was one of the greatest minds in the 2000 year history of the Church. There are those who criticize him for introducing a sort of “rationalism” into the Faith; they claim he stripped the mystery away from the Faith. However, that is complete nonsense. He understood the great gift it was to be given an intellect and saw that Faith and Reason are harmonious never to contradict one another. He had a profound mind and a profound love of Our Lord. When he said towards the end of his life that his works were “as straw” that was not a repudiation but a recognition that all those words still could not compare with the grandeur and Majesty of God.
He is my patron saint and I have the great honor of possessing his 1st class relic.
St. Pius X said that it was imperative that professors use Scholasticism as the foundation for the theological sciences. Here is an excerpt from Pascendi:
- In the first place, with regard to studies, We will and ordain that scholastic philosophy be made the basis of the sacred sciences. It goes without saying that if anything is met with among the scholastic doctors which may be regarded as an excess of subtlety, or which is altogether destitute of probability, We have no desire whatever to propose it for the imitation of present generations (Leo XIII. Enc. Aeterni Patris ). And let it be clearly understood above all things that the scholastic philosophy We prescribe is that which the Angelic Doctor has bequeathed to us, and We, therefore, declare that all the ordinances of Our Predecessor on this subject continue fully in force, and, as far as may be necessary, We do decree anew, and confirm, and ordain that they be by all strictly observed. In seminaries where they may have been neglected let the Bishops impose them and require their observance, and let this apply also to the Superiors of religious institutions. Further let Professors remember that they cannot set St. Thomas aside, especially in metaphysical questions, without grave detriment.
To go back to the prayer, St. Thomas was a towering mind who was devout. Nowadays we have men who claim a superiority in mind to the “backwards” Scholastic approach and to the pre-Vatican II magisterium but often they are men who have lost a real savor for the things of God.