"We must never forget that the Church is built around Christ and that,
as Saint Augustine, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Albert the Great
have all said, following Saint Paul (cf. 1 Corinthians 10:17),
the Eucharist is the sacrament of the Church's unity, because
we all form one single body of which the Lord is the head."
Benedict XVI, 49th International Eucharistic Congress,
, 6/22/08 Quebec City
"I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement; You were assumed by the Word and deified in His person. I am overcome with emotion when I think of Your passing from the Blessed Virgin's heart into the heart of the Word, and, being vivified by the breath of the Divinity, becoming adorable because You became the Blood of God.
I adore You enclosed in the veins of Jesus, preserved in His humanity like the manna in the golden urn, the memorial of the eternal Redemption which He accomplished during the days of His earthly life. I adore You, Blood of the new, eternal Testament, flowing from the veins of Jesus in Gethsemane, from the flesh torn by scourges in the Praetorium, from His pierced hands and feet and from His opened side on
Golgotha. I adore You in the Sacraments, in the Eucharist, where I know You are substantially present....
I place my trust in You, O adorable Blood, our Redemption, our regeneration. Fall, drop by drop, into the hearts that have wandered from You and soften their hardness.
O adorable Blood of Jesus, wash our stains, save us from the anger of the avenging angel. Irrigate the Church; make her fruitful with Apostles and miracle-workers, enrich her with souls that are holy, pure and radiant with divine beauty."
- Meditation on the Precious Blood of Jesus from writings of
St Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus)
Dominican, Doctor of the Church
Teacher and Mentor of St Thomas Aquinas
Patron of scientists and philosophers
Motto: "To want everything that I want for the glory of God,
to wish and do everything only and always for His glory."
Germany ~ 1200-1280
FEAST DAY - November 15
It has been said that St. Albert was a scientist by temperament,
a philosopher by deliberate choice and a theologian by mood.
"He could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this Sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this Sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on Me shall live on account of Me." ~ St Albert the Great
St Albert the Great, pray for us!