Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Good news from Cleveland Diocese

Lawyer: Vatican overrules 13 Cleveland closings |

" The Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of overruling the closing of 13 parishes by the Cleveland Diocese, a lawyer who fought the cutbacks said Wednesday.

The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on the shutdown of churches.

The Vatican office known as the Congregation for the Clergy ruled last week that Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow church law and procedure in the closings three years ago, attorney Peter Borre told The Associated Press."

Translation of the Relics of St Thomas Aquinas

on the 22nd October 1974 to the Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse.

For the earlier history of the relics. The previous altar in the Basilica of St Sernin.

Other relics still kept there.

In the midst of life we are in death; of whom may we seek help but you, O Lord?

Who for our offenses are justly displeased. Yet, O God most holy, O holy and mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, give us not over unto bitter death. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Yet, O God most holy, O holy and mighty, O holy and merciful Savior, give us not over unto bitter death.

Media vita in morte sumus: quem quaerimus adiutorem nisi te Domine? Qui pro peccatis nostris iuste irasceris. Sancte Deus, sancte fortis, sancte misericors Salvator, amarae morti ne tradas nos. Gloria Patri, et Filio et Spiritui Sancto. Sancte Deus, sancte fortis, sancte misericors Salvator, amarae morti ne tradas nos.

St Thomas is recorded as being often moved to tears by this Lenten responsory. Today is the anniversary of his own death. It is recorded,

His death was revealed to many holy persons, among whom was his beloved master Blessed Albert. This holy old man, now more than eighty years of age. crowned with the glory of white hairs, was seated in the refectory at Cologne with the Community when suddenly tears began to fall from his eyes. The Prior, who observed it, asked him why he wept. "It is sad news I am about to tell you," he answered; "Thomas of Aquino, my son in Jesus Christ, the light of the whole Church, is dead. God has revealed it to me." The Prior carefully took note of the date, and afterwards found that it was the same day on which St. Thomas had died.

Some time after the death of the saint, a holy Dominican, Father Albert of Brescia, who followed the teaching of St. Thomas in all things, being himself a Lector, or Professor of theology, as he was fervently praying to God, the Blessed Virgin and the great St. Augustine saw in spirit St. Augustine, clad in episcopal vestments, and St Thomas by his side, wearing a golden crown blazing with jewels, and bearing two charms, one of gold the other of silver, round his neck, and on his heart a magnificent precious stone, which emitted a brilliant light. His cappa, or cloak, was embroidered with lustrous pearls, and his habit white as the driven snow.

St. Austin spoke to the Father, and said : " I have come to reveal to thee the brightness and glory of Brother Thomas who is with me; for he is my son, having in all things followed my teaching and the doctrine of the Apostles. He has illumined the Church of God by his knowledge, which is symbolized by the precious stones with which he is covered, especially by that upon his breast, which represents the uprightness of intention in all the works he has written in defense of the faith. These diamonds are also the symbols of the books he has written. He is my equal in glory, but he surpasses me by the aureola of chastity.

Feast of St Thomas Aquinas

From Pope Leo XIII - Aeterni Patris

Among the Scholastic Doctors, the chief and master of all towers Thomas Aquinas, who, as Cajetan observes, because "he most venerated the ancient doctors of the Church, in a certain way seems to have inherited the intellect of all." The doctrines of those illustrious men, like the scattered members of a body, Thomas collected together and cemented, distributed in wonderful order, and so increased with important additions that he is rightly and deservedly esteemed the special bulwark and glory of the Catholic faith. With his spirit at once humble and swift, his memory ready and tenacious, his life spotless throughout, a lover of truth for its own sake, richly endowed with human and divine science, like the sun he heated the world with the warmth of his virtues and filled it with the splendor of his teaching. Philosophy has no part which he did not touch finely at once and thoroughly; on the laws of reasoning, on God and incorporeal substances, on man and other sensible things, on human actions and their principles, he reasoned in such a manner that in him there is wanting neither a full array of questions, nor an apt disposal of the various parts, nor the best method of proceeding, nor soundness of principles or strength of argument, nor clearness and elegance of style, nor a facility for explaining what is abstruse.

Film of the ordination of Joseph Ratzinger to the priesthood


Fewer priests ordained in the Archdiocese of Munich this year, I would bet.