Friday, January 28, 2011

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas

I would like to wish all readers of this blog a very happy feastday as we celebrate Saint Thomas Aquinas, doctor of the church, eminent philosopher and theologian and Dominican friar. As study is such an integral part of the Dominican vocation, and we Dominicans draw so heavily on the thought of Saint Thomas for preaching and teaching, today is the most appropriate day to reflect on the life of the Angelic Doctor. There are some events that the Irish Dominicans have organised to celebrate the feast this year. Yesterday and today, the assistant to the Master of the Order for Northwest Europe and Canada, fr Allan White OP, spent time with the formation community at Saint Saviour's, Dublin. Yesterday evening he gave a presentation to the community of Saint Saviour's on the role of study in the Dominican Order and spoke on the topic "The Humble Intelligence of the Heart". Today, he presided and preached at the special solemn eucharist in honour of Saint Thomas. We are very grateful for his presence. Below is the video of his talk mentioned above.

Also to mark the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican archbishop, Augustine diNoia OP, who is the secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments preached a homily during Mass at the crypt church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on Saint Thomas. It is very well worth viewing. Thanks to the friars of the Saint Joseph Province, USA, for providing the link to the homily below.

CUA DiNoia aquinas from Province of Saint Joseph on Vimeo.

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