How do you Summa St. Thomas Aquinas?

How do you Summa St. Thomas Aquinas? via @fillpraycloset #dominicansaint #aquinas #catholic

You don’t. So I won’t even try. It if far beyond my intelligence. So I will just add a little sumthin’ (ok, play on words is over)

I am still reeling from the feast of St. Francis de Sales. Reeling. I miss praying the novena. I felt so good praying the words over and over. What’s a Catholic girl to do? Move on to the next saint, because we get to celebrate de Sales next year.

And wouldn’t you know it, today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas. Seeing as he is the patron saint of learning, academics, and Catholic schools and universities (and other thangs), I guess this is a good follow up to my bliss last week.

Who am I kidding? Seriously? St. Thomas Aquinas is probably the bees knees for the Dominican order (aside from St. Dominic himself). Let’s see why?

He chased a prostitute sent to entice him out of his room with a hot poker! He burned a cross into the door and fell to his knees in prayer. So chastity and will power? He’s got a trough-full.

Summa Theologica? This is the guy that wrote it. This work explains the entire Catholic doctrine and teaching. It was even consulted *after the bible* in the Council of Trent.

What am I doing for it? Praying the litany to St. Thomas Aquinas of course, won’t you join me in singing praises to this Angelic doctor of the church!?

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
Pray for us. (repeat after each line)
Glorious Mother of the King of kings,

St. Thomas,
Worthy child of the Queen of Virgins,
St. Thomas most chaste,
St. Thomas most patient,
Prodigy of science,
Silently eloquent,
Reproach of the ambitious,
Lover of that life which is hidden with Christ in God,
Fragrant flower in the garden of St. Dominic,
Glory of the Friars Preachers,
Illumined from on high,
Oracle of the Church,
Incomparable scribe of the God-Man,
Perfect in the school of His Cross,
Model of perfect obedience,
Endowed with the true spirit of holy poverty,
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
What have I in heaven, or what do I desire on earth?
That you are the God of my heart, and my portion forever.
Let us pray, O God, who ordained that St. Thomas should enlighten your Church, grant that through his prayers we may practice what he taught. Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

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