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Albertus Magnus (c.1200-1280), teacher of Thomas Aquinas, was by profession a theologian and a university professor, but probably if he'd been able to follow his heart's desire he'd have been a naturalist. He wrote an interesting book De vegetabilibus et plantis in which he describes an array of plants. His name for this Purple Salisfy - today scientifically called Tragopogon porrifolius - is Oculus porci or Flos campi. He remarks on pigs rooting for its tasty tubers, and says its roots are also delectable to human beings. He adds that this Salsify's flowers retain their color when dried.

Albert's Purple Salsify is not to be confused with Black Salsify (www.flickr.com/photos/87453322@N00/26912525943/in/photoli...).

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Somewhere near this college is where the origin of the Thomas Fire started, hence the name. I have heard many stories as to how it started, but don't know the facts yet.

 

Here you can see that the fire burnt 360˚ around the campus.

 

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Aquinas College is a small Catholic college that aims to provide a liberal arts education located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aquinas was ranked among the "Best Regional Universities - Midwest" by U.S. News and World Report (2012).

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“St Thomas, Doctor of the Church Militant, blooming with virginal chastity, give us in abundance the longed-for joys of the triumphant court of heaven.”

– Magnificat antiphon in the Dominican breviary.

 

Stained glass window from the Dominican church of Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

A new Catholic tribute drawing paying tribute to Saint Thomas Aquinas by expressionist artist Stephen B. Whatley.

 

The artist, an Anglican convert after years trying to overcome early tragedy in his life, often feels what he calls a 'Divine push' to create such works, with prayers for strength and healing - and this tribute in charcoal was created on the Feast Day, January 28, 2017, of this Italian 13th century Saint; who looked to the Holy Spirit in all his theological and philosophical writings.

 

In 2013 Stephen B. Whatley's exhibition 'Paintings From Prayer' was exhibited at Westminster Cathedral in London; and his vibrant series of 30 paintings commissioned by the Tower of London are reproduced permanently throughout Tower Hill Underpass - the main entrance to the Tower from Tower Hill Station.

 

Peace !

 

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23.4 x 16.5in/59 x 42cm

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"Viva Santo Tomas"

University of Santo Tomas

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Academic building completed in 1955, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

"Almighty God,

in your providence you gave Saint Thomas to your Church

as a preacher of your wisdom and a model of holiness.

By his merits and example,

may we seek you in truth

and love you above all things.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

 

Today, 28 January, is the feast the great St Thomas Aquinas, who is sometimes called the Angelic Doctor. A good biography of the saint and his influence by Benedict XVI can be found here.

 

This is the altar dedicated to St Thomas in San Esteban, the Dominican priory church in Salamanca.

"Chosen lily of innocence, pure St. Thomas,

who kept chaste the robe of baptism,

and became an angel in the flesh after being girded by two angels,

I implore you to commend me to Jesus, the Spotless Lamb,

and to Mary, the Queen of Virgins.

Gentle protector of my purity, ask them that I,

who wear the holy sign of your victory over the flesh,

may also share your purity,

and after imitating you on earth

may at last come to be crowned with you among the angels. Amen."

 

Stained glass window from the Dominican nuns' church in Buffalo NY of St Thomas being girded with the cincture of chastity.

This painting from the novitiate in Dubrovnik shows a young St Thomas Aquinas being miraculously girded with a cord by two angels. By this grace, he was given the virtue of chastity. His feast day falls on 28 January, which is a Sunday this year.

 

As such, we celebrated a Votive Mass of St Thomas today, and my sermon for today was preached to the members of the Angelic Warfare Confraternity, which is dedicated to praying for the grace of chastity like St Thomas's.

 

The sermon can be read here.

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I recently attended the funeral my sister-in-law's mother. A woman who raised 7 daughters, a devout and constant catholic, who prayed and attended mass, with her family and many she brought (or brought back) to her faith. A lovely service, I thought, in one of the few modern Catholic churches that I like. I came back during the reception to photograph the large stained glass on the end of the building opposite the altar.

 

About the church:

 

In October 2008, Lansing-based design firm, MAYOTTE Group Architects, received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Mid-Michigan 25 Year Award for its work on the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in East Lansing.

 

The award recognizes excellent in design for buildings constructed more than 25 years ago. The buildings cannot be significantly modified from their original design and need to be used for their original purpose.

 

The church has remained virtually untouched since its dedication in 1968. Minor changes have been made to the west end of the church to accommodate the addition of a pipe organ.

 

“It’s unique in terms of the design,” says MAYOTTE Group owner, Mike Mayotte. “It was created in response to what was going on in Catholic worship at the time.”

"If anyone loves me he will keep my word,

and my Father will love him,

and we shall come to him and make our home with him.

Those who do not love me do not keep my words.

And my word is not my own:

it is the word of the one who sent me.

I have said these things to you while still with you;

but the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,

whom the Father will send in my name,

will teach you everything

and remind you of all I have said to you."

– John 14:23-26, which is part of today's Gospel at Mass.

 

This stained glass window of St Thomas Aquinas being inspired in his teachings by the Holy Spirit is in Cologne Cathedral. St Thomas had been a teacher in Cologne (Köln) with St Albert the Great from 1248-56.

"Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

– Prayer of St Thomas before Study.

 

28 January is the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, and this statue of the saint is in the Catholic University of America.

"O Angelic Doctor St. Thomas, prince of theologians and model of philosophers, bright ornament of the Christian world and light of the Church; O heavenly patron of all Catholic schools, who didst learn wisdom without guile and dost communicate it without envy, intercede for us with the Son of God, Wisdom itself, that the spirit of wisdom may descend upon us, and enable us to understand clearly that which thou hast taught, and fulfill it by imitating thy deeds; to become partakers of that doctrine and virtue which caused thee to shine like the sun on earth; and at last to rejoice with thee forever in their most sweet fruits in heaven, together praising the Divine Wisdom for all eternity. Amen."

 

Mural from the Dominican nuns' chapel in Paray-le-Monial.

Statue of St Thomas Aquinas shown holding the Church with the Eucharist at its centre. This Dominican saint was charged with composing the texts for the feast of Corpus Christi and he is noted for his love for the Eucharist and the teaching which issued from such love. So, he wrote: "Sion, praise the Saviour, praise the leader and pastor in hymns and songs. As much as you are able, so dare to do so, since he is greater than can be praised, nor can he be sufficiently praised"!

 

This statue is from San Esteban in Salamanca.

"Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever. Amen."

– Prayer of St Thomas before writing.

 

28 January is the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, and this window is in St Dominic's church in San Francisco CA.

The major relics of Saint Thomas Aquinas are in the Jacobin church in Toulouse. This was the Dominican church in that city until 1791. In 1385 the church was completed and was named in his honour, with his relics enshrined there.

 

After the Dominicans were expelled because of the French Revolution, the relics of St Thomas were transferred to the basilica of St Sernin which is about 10 minutes walk away.

 

In 1974, the 700th anniversary of his death, the relics were returned to the Jacobin church even though it remains, effectively, a museum. Mass can still be said there by special arrangement, but few visitors realise how luminary and great a saint lies beneath the stone altar!

 

On this occasion in August 2013, when I pilgrimaged with the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph to Toulouse, I sang the Mass in its entirety in order to cut through the hubbub of the tourists, and so reclaimed the space through sacred song. This photo was taken by Sr Mary Catherine OP.

 

Tomorrow, 28th January, is the feast of St Thomas Aquinas.

"We so approve of the tributes paid to his almost divine brilliance that we believe Thomas should be called not only Angelic but Common or Universal Doctor of the Church. As innumerable documents of every kind attest, the Church has adopted his doctrine for her own.… It is no wonder that the Church has made this light her own and has adorned herself with it, and has illustrated her immortal doctrine with it … It is no wonder that all the popes have vied with one another in exalting him, proposing him, inculcating him, as a model, master, doctor, patron and protector of all schools … Just as it was said of old to the Egyptians in time of famine: ‘Go to Joseph, so that they should receive a supply of corn to nourish their bodies, so to those who are now in quest of truth We now say: ‘Go to Thomas’ that they may ask from him the food of solid doctrine of which he has an abundance to nourish their souls unto eternal life.” – Pope Pius XI.

 

My sermon for St Thomas' feast day can be read here.

 

This stained glass window of St Thomas Aquinas is in St Vincent Ferrer's in New York.

"Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding.

 

Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance.

 

Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally.

 

Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm.

 

Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"

– Prayer of St Thomas before Study.

 

Detail from the carved wood pulpit in the church of St Vincent Ferrer in New York.

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Aquinas College* campus, a stone lion outside the main entrance of Holmdene (now offices, before that it was student housing, originally it was a private manor house). Taken by Ron.

 

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* The friends we were visiting graduated from Aquinas College.

Ludwig Seitz is responsible for the most important series of paintings on the ceiling in the Gallery. It is said that Pope Leo XIII wanted the paintings to highlight Saint Thomas Aquinas and his philosophy.

 

In this painting, St Thomas Aquinas is shown offering his work (represented by the books) to the Catholic Church. Aristotle is the figure below; symbolically representing that Human Reason is strengthened by the works of Aquinas. This is named by some as “St. Thomas Aquinas teaches Philosophy”.

 

Pio Clementino Museum, Vatican Museums; July 2019

Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Thomas Aquinas

Aquinas College* campus, Holmdene (now offices, before that it was student housing, originally it was a private manor house). Taken by Edgar.

 

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* The friends we were visiting graduated from Aquinas College.

Aquinas College* campus, a conference room in Holmdene (now offices, before that it was student housing, originally it was a private manor house). Taken by Ron.

 

www.aquinas.edu/undergraduate/tour/holmdene/

 

* The friends we were visiting graduated from Aquinas College.

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Aquinas College* campus, a heavily wooded area. Taken by Ron.

 

* The friends we were visiting graduated from Aquinas College.

 

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From St Patrick's Cathdral website:

 

This chapel was to be known as the Chapel of St James, however, when a bust of St Thomas Aquinas arrived from Paris, it was decided to change the dedication of the chapel and place the bust there. The carved bust of St Thomas is in a niche in the reredos, flanked by mosaic panels representing theology and philosophy. On the frontal panel of the alabaster altar there is a mosaic of the host and chalice.

 

The inscription above the arch of the chapel reads: ‘Monuisti eum Paulo minus ab Angelis’ (Thou has made him little less than the angels).

 

The chair, lamp and kneeler here were used regularly by Archbishop Mannix for prayer and meditation.

 

The walls of the chapel are stencilled with motifs applicable to St Thomas Aquinas.

 

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Memorable. I got this statue a few weeks before I passed the Board Exam for Teachers.

St Thomas Aquinas: "The sinner often seeks for something which he does not find; but to the just man it is given to find what he seeks: “The substance of the sinner is kept for the just” [Prov 13:22]. Thus, Eve sought the fruit of the tree (of good and evil), but she did not find in it that which she sought. Everything Eve desired, however, was given to the Blessed Virgin. Eve sought that which the devil falsely promised her, namely, that she and Adam would be as gods, knowing good and evil. “You shall be,” says this liar, “as gods” [Gen 3:5]. But he lied, because “he is a liar and the father of lies” [Jn 8:44]. Eve was not made like God after having eaten of the fruit, but rather she was unlike God in that by her sin she withdrew from God and was driven out of paradise. The Blessed Virgin, however, and all Christians found in the Fruit of her womb Him whereby we are all united to God and are made like to Him: “When He shall appear, we shall be like to Him, because we shall see Him as He is” [1 Jn 3:2].

 

Eve looked for pleasure in the fruit of the tree because it was good to eat. But she did not find this pleasure in it, and, on the contrary, she at once discovered she was naked and was stricken with sorrow. In the Fruit of the Blessed Virgin we find sweetness and salvation: “He who eats My flesh... has eternal life” [Jn 6:55].

 

The fruit which Eve desired was beautiful to look upon, but that Fruit of the Blessed Virgin is far more beautiful, for the Angels desire to look upon Him: “You are beautiful above the sons of men” [Ps 44:3]. He is the splendor of the glory of the Father. Eve, therefore, looked in vain for that which she sought in the fruit of the tree, just as the sinner is disappointed in his sins. We must seek in the Fruit of the womb of the Virgin Mary whatsoever we desire. This is He who is the Fruit blessed by God, who has filled Him with every grace, which in turn is poured out upon us who adore Him: “Blessed be God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with spiritual blessings in Christ” [Eph 1:3]. He, too, is revered by the Angels: “Benediction and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, honor and power and strength, to our God” [Rev 7:12]. And He is glorified by men: “Every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father” [Phil 2:11]. The Blessed Virgin is indeed blessed, but far more blessed is the Fruit of her womb: “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” [Ps 117:26]."

 

Stained glass window by Burne Jones in the Lady Chapel of Winchester Cathedral.

"O Saint Thomas, Doctor of the Church Militant, flourishing by virginal purity, obtain for us the desired joys of the Church Triumphant."

 

7 March is the old Dominican Missal is the feast of St Thomas Aquinas because he died on this day in 1274.

 

This stained glass window of the Saint and Common Doctor of the Church is in the Franciscan Monastery in Washington DC.

 

"One day in the thirteenth century a Dominican friar named Br. Dominic of Caserta, a sacristan, concealed himself in his priory chapel in Naples. While there, he stealthily observed St. Thomas Aquinas in prayer before the crucifix, in tears. No doubt, the saint’s reverence must have moved him deeply, but, nonetheless, he must have been quite surprised when, suddenly, the voice of Christ from the crucifix called out, “You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward will you receive from me for your labor?”

 

One can certainly imagine Br. Dominic waiting with bated breath for an answer from the man often regarded as the greatest theologian of the Middle Ages. A saintly man, certainly he would not ask for wealth or power for himself. Perhaps inspiration for excellent argumentation with which to confute the heretics? Favorable reception of his work within the Church (the subject of great controversy, even after his death)? How about simply an increase in virtue? Doubtless, when Jesus speaks audibly from the cross, he really means it. So what does Friar Thomas ask?

 

His response wasted no words: Domine, non nisi Te, that is “Lord, nothing except you.”"

 

This painting of this account from the life of St Thomas is in the cloister of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

"Come, Holy Spirit, Divine Creator, true source of light and fountain of wisdom! Pour forth your brilliance upon my dense intellect, dissipate the darkness which covers me, that of sin and of ignorance. Grant me a penetrating mind to understand, a retentive memory, method and ease in learning, the lucidity to comprehend, and abundant grace in expressing myself. Guide the beginning of my work, direct its progress, and bring it to successful completion. This I ask through Jesus Christ, true God and true man, living and reigning with You and the Father, forever and ever.

Amen."

 

Stained glass detail from Lille Cathedral.

"O sacred banquet at which

Christ is consumed,

The memory of His Passion recalled,

our soul filled with grace,

and our pledge of future glory received:

 

How delightful, Lord, is Your spirit,

which shows Your sweetness to men,

offers the precious bread of heaven,

fills the hungry with good things,

and sends away empty the scornful rich."

 

Statue of St Thomas with his Eucharistic doctrine in the Cathedral of Saint-Brieuc.

Probably my favourite statue of St Thomas Aquinas, whose feast day is today. It is in the Dominican church in Mexico City.

 

Said to be a large man, St Thomas was quiet in class and so his classmates called him the 'dumb ox'. However, his teacher St Albert the Great corrected them, saying that one day the world would resound with the bellowing of this ox. And indeed St Thomas became the "Common Doctor" of the Church.

An image of Santo Tomas de Aquino in a museum in Vigan. See rally65.multiply.com/journal/item/22

"Almighty God,

you made Thomas Aquinas known for his holiness and learning.

Help us to grow in wisdom by his teaching, and in holiness by the imitation of his faith. Through Christ our Lord. Amen."

 

– Collect for the feast of St Thomas Aquinas which is today.

 

Detail from the Rosary Chapel in the Dominican church in Puebla, Mexico.

 

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