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~from Vatican Information Service.
What joy to read that today's catechesis by Pope Benedict XVI was on St. Thomas Aquinas! On the Eve of the Feast of Corpus Christi (transferred observation to Sunday in a lot of dioceses...too many in my opinion...how are we ever to nurture a sense of kairos time when the bishops are forever pushing solemn feasts to the weekend which most people just fill with more activities? That's another rant.)
"St. Thomas has a profoundly Eucharistic soul", the Pope affirmed. "The beautiful hymns that the liturgy of the Church sings to celebrate the mystery of the real presence of the Body and Blood of the Lord in the Eucharist are due to his faith and theological wisdom".Near the end of his earthly life, St. Thomas confessed that his works were "so much straw." Pope Benedict concluded:
"It is a mysterious episode that helps us understand not only Thomas' personal humility but also the fact that all that we are able to think and say about the faith, as elevated and pure as it may be, is infinitely surpassed by the greatness and beauty of God who will reveal himself to us in the fullness of paradise," Benedict XVI concluded.That is why St. Paul admonishes us to set our mind on the things that are above. "Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." (Philippians 4:8)