Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gratitude... always and everywhere

Today is Sunday and as a 4c homily reminds,
"The Lord's Day is the lord of days." ...
but let us today also remember ... St Albert the Great...

  "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 Intern’l Eucharistic Congress, Quebec City, 6/22/08

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"Thanks must be given always and everywhere for this great sacrament.  Always, that is, both in the time of grace and in the eternity of glory Everywhere, because through this sacrament things in  heaven and things on earth are restored. 

Creation's three-fold frame gives thanks when this sacrament is offered:  heaven, because the fall of the angels is made good; earthfor the militant Church is redeemed; the underworld, for those detained therein are freed. 

They must be given through Christ our Lord, for as a canal touches the fountain from which it springs and the garden which it waters, so our Emmanuel by His divinity touches God from whom the gifts of grace come and by His humanity He touches us into whom they flow through Him.  Therefore we give thanks through Christ magnificently."

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 ~ 1280 +
FEAST DAY - November 15

 Image above: Fr Joseph Illo, Star of the Sea parish/Oratory-in-the-making, San Francisco, CA ~ USA

    It has been said that St. Albert was a scientist by temperament,
philosopher by deliberate choice and a theologian by mood.

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“My soul, if you wish to be intimate with Mary, let yourself
be carried between her arms and nourished with her blood…
Let this ineffable, chaste thought accompany you
to the Banquet of God and you will find in the Blood of the Son
the nourishment of the Mother.”  ~ St Albert

St Albert the Great, pray for us!

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