Today the church celebrates (the optional) memorial of St. Albert Magnus, O.P. (that means he was a Dominican!)
Albert is named “Doctor Universalis” because of his vast knowledge and writings.
Patron: Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio; medical technicians; natural sciences; philosophers; schoolchildren; scientists; students; students of theology.
Symbols: crosier of a bishop; cap of the teacher; large book; cross over the sun, the moon and the earth (symbolizing his theological wisdom and knowledge of nature); Man dressed as a Dominican bishop lecturing from a pulpit; man arguing with Saint Thomas Aquinas; Dominican holding a globe, lecturing from a pulpit, or studying.
Things to Do:
- Learn more about St. Albert from the Catholic Encyclopedia, Dominicans.
- St. Albert is an especially apt patron for scientists because he made his love of truth about nature into an instrument of his love of Christ;
- Read what Pope Benedict XVI wrote about science and faith.
Now let’s pray the Psalm-Prayer from today’s #MorningPrayer
Father, he who knew no sin was made sin for us, to save us and restore us to your friendship. Look upon our contrite heart and afflicted spirit and heal our troubled conscience, so that in the joy and strength of the Holy Spirit we may proclaim your praise and glory before all the nations.
Create a clean heart in me, O God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.
I hope you enjoy the new day we set aside for prayers. Fridays. My favorite mysteries are the Sorrowful Mysteries. It reminds me that if Jesus can get through His agony, scourging, crowning with thorns, His carrying of the cross and crucifixion – we can get through anything. There’s strength in that.
I also ask that while you’re here, you take a moment to pray for all of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) especially those in the Philippines.