Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas

January 28th is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a priest and Doctor of the Church. He has the title of "Angelic Doctor" because he was both an innocent soul and brilliant theologian. Saint Thomas Aquinas' "most important work, the "Summa Theologica," an explanation and summary of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries, even to our own day. At the Council of Trent it was consulted after the Bible." from Catholic Culture. He is the patron saint of academics, learning, and Catholic schools. Here are some ideas to celebrate this feast day.
Prayer
Pray the this prayer for Catholic schools and Catholic education
Prayer to St. Thomas Aquinas for Schools Saint Thomas Aquinas, you are called by Holy Mother Church, the Angel of the Schools. Your wisdom, gathered through long meditation from the source of all wisdom, the most holy Trinity, has long been a shining light in the Catholic Church. Ignorance of the things of God is a darkness now enveloping the minds of many of our countrymen. In this darkness, we need an angel like you who will protect, foster, and nourish the schools we have, and guide and strengthen us in establishing and building newer and more adequate schools for the instruction of our children in the ways of Christ. Help and bless the generous sisters, brothers, and priests who labor so unselfishly in the classroom to spread the knowledge of Christ. Inspire our Catholic men and women to be most generous in the support of the schools we have. Grant to parents the wise generosity they need to give their child back to God when that child wishes to follow a priestly or religious vocation. Help us, Saint Thomas, Angel of the Schools, to understand what you taught, and to follow your example.
Amen.
Crafts & Activities
Make ribbon bookmarks in honor of this scholarly saint
Ribbon Bookmarks
Cut ribbon to between 12 to 14 inches long with a v bias cut at one end.
Use a lit match to seal the cut edges of the ribbon to prevent fraying.
Glue buttons of various sizes onto one end of each ribbon.
Leave them out to dry.
Use the bookmark with the edges of each ribbon extending out of the ends of a book.

Food

Among the symbols that represent Saint Thomas Aquinas is the star, so you could make any type of star-shaped food - cookies, brownies, pancakes, even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Visit Catholic Cuisine for more ideas.

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