Prayer of the Day

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor of the Church

January 28th, 2014
"28 Jan" Mark 3 : 35

Jesus’ entire life was a mission to do God’s will.  He said; “I have come down from Heaven,  not to do my own,  but the will of him who sent me.” (John 6 : 38)   In today’s Gospel,  he makes it abundantly clear that his true disciples are those who do God’s will.  Pope John XXIII said once; “You know that it is not the noise we make in our lives,  or the things we see that count,  but the love with which we do the will of God.”  St. Thomas Aquinas who had great insight into this whole area of knowing God’s will,  provides us with the following starting points;  “We must conform our will to God’s will,  and we must have as our goal the ultimate good that God wills.”  We can choose to obey God or disobey him.   As we set out to obey God and do his will, our heart,  our mind and our conscience will learn to detect what brings us peace,  well-being and happiness,  and what does not.

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.  He was born in Italy around 1224 and died in 1274.  Thomas taught that Christian revelation and human knowledge are aspects of a single truth and cannot be in conflict with one another.   One of the greatest theologians,  Thomas Aquinas is patron of schools,  universities and students.

Prayer God, our loving Father, give us strength to faithfully fulfil your holy will. Amen