Dear God, open a door for my message, so that I may proclaim the mystery of Christ. I pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Colossians 4:3-4

R4C

R4C
Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You. ~ Reconciliation and Forgiveness ~ I am Sorry * Please Forgive Me * Thank You * I Love You.
Psalm 19:14, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church ~ 28 January 2016

Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 (towards the end of 1225) at Aquino, Naples, Italy. Thomas Aquinas was educated by the Benedictine monks. Later he rejected his parents’ objections and joined the mendicant Dominican order (friars) in 1244. Studied in Paris from 1245 to 1248 and was ordained in 1250. In 1252, he begin to teach in the University of Paris. 

He is best known for his Summa Theologica (Sum of Theology) that explores all aspects of creation including the role of God, angels, and human being. Aquinas felt that God is neither self-evident nor beyond proof. In the Summa Theologica, he laid out five proofs for God’s existence. These are widely known as the "Five Ways."
  • God is simple, without parts such as body and soul or matter and form
  • God is perfect
  • God is infinite
  • God is incapable of change on the levels of His essence and character.
  • God is one, without diversification within God's self.
His writings continued until he had a mystical experience at the end of his life that made him think that all he had done as "mere straw." Several times, he beheld Jesus speaking to him from a vision, saying, “You have written well of me, Thomas; what reward would you have?” Thomas would reply, “Nothing but yourself, Lord.”

He died at the Cistercian monastery of Fossa Nuova, Lazio, Italy on 7 March 1274 and was canonized by Pope John XXII on 18 July 1323. Saint Thomas was made a doctor of the Church at the First Vatican Council (1869-1870). St.Thomas Aquinas was one of the greatest writers and theologians of all time. Patron saint of against thunderstorms and lightning, sudden death, .academics, Catholic academies; Catholic schools; Catholic universities, philosophers; and theologians.

"Believing is an act of the intellect assenting 
to the divine truth by command of the will 
moved by God through grace." 
~ St.Thomas Aquinas ~

O God, who made Saint Thomas Aquinas outstanding in his zeal for holiness and his study of sacred doctrine, grant us, we pray, that we may understand what he taught and imitate what he accomplished. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Reading 1
2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29
After Nathan had spoken to King David,
the king went in and sat before the LORD and said,
“Who am I, Lord GOD, and who are the members of my house,
that you have brought me to this point?
Yet even this you see as too little, Lord GOD;
you have also spoken of the house of your servant
for a long time to come:
this too you have shown to man, Lord GOD!

“You have established for yourself your people Israel as yours forever,
and you, LORD, have become their God.
And now, LORD God, confirm for all time the prophecy you have made
concerning your servant and his house,
and do as you have promised.
Your name will be forever great, when men say,
‘The LORD of hosts is God of Israel,’
and the house of your servant David stands firm before you.
It is you, LORD of hosts, God of Israel,
who said in a revelation to your servant,
‘I will build a house for you.’
Therefore your servant now finds the courage to make this prayer to you.
And now, Lord GOD, you are God and your words are truth;
you have made this generous promise to your servant.
Do, then, bless the house of your servant
that it may be before you forever;
for you, Lord GOD, have promised,
and by your blessing the house of your servant
shall be blessed forever.”


Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 132:1-2, 3-5, 11, 12, 13-14
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
LORD, remember David
and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the LORD,
vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob.
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“I will not enter the house where I live,
nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep,
my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the LORD,
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
The LORD swore an oath to David
a firm promise from which he will not withdraw:
“Your own offspring
I will set upon your throne.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
“If your sons keep my covenant,
and the decrees which I shall teach them,
Their sons, too, forever
shall sit upon your throne.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.
For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he prefers her for his dwelling:
“Zion is my resting place forever;
in her I will dwell, for I prefer her.”
R. The Lord God will give him the throne of David, his father.


Alleluia
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


Gospel
Mark 4:21-25
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away."

No comments:

Post a Comment