Monday, March 30, 2009

Principles and Practices - March 31

St. Thomas Aquinas

Once, when a number of clever men had a great dispute about the Blessed Sacrament, they decided to ask St. Thomas Aquinas, the great Dominican Doctor, to settle it. He had all the different opinions put in writing, so that he might understand the other side.

Then, after much prayer and penance, he wrote an answer. When it was finished, he took what he had written into the church, laid it before the tabernacle, and asked Our Blessed Lord to make known to him whether what he had said was true, and not to allow him to teach any error.

Some other Dominicans who were present tell us that Jesus answered his prayer by saying: 'Thou hast written worthily of the Sacra­ment of My Body.' Another time, also, Our Lord told him he had written well, and asked him what reward he would like. St. Thomas gave this beautiful answer: 'None other than Thyself, O Lord."

-Bebold tbe Lamb.
From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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