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{Monday, November 15, 2004  }

.:{Feast Day of St. Albertus Magnus, or Albert the Great}:.

As a young 'un, I was told by a parish priest friend of mine that there are three types of men in this world a girl absolutely should not trust:

1. A guy with tattoos all over himself, because he does not keep his body as a temple of the Holy Spirit,
2. A guy with his hair obscuring his face, because the eyes are the window the the soul,
3. A Skinny Dominican.

With that said, I think there is more than just spiritual and intellectual greatness at work in Albert's title of "The Great." ;)

St. Albertus Magnus (1206-1280)

Albert, the Swabian, rightly called the Great, was the founder of modern science," says G.K. Chesterton in his book Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Dumb Ox. "The great German, known in his moust famous period as a professor in Paris, was previously for some time professor at Cologne... Among the students thronging into the lecture-rooms there was one student, conspicuous by his tall and bulky figure [see, another "Great" Dominican saint ~LB] and completely failing or refusing to be conspicuous for anything else. He was so dumb in the debates that his fellows began to assume an American significance in the word dumbness; for in that land it is a synonym for dullness. It is clear that, before long, even his imposing stature began to have only the ignominious immensity of the big boy left behind in the lowest form. He was called the Dumb Ox...

[Albertus Magnus] gave Thomas small jobs to do, of annotation or exposition; he persuaded him to banish his banshfulness so as to take part in at least one debate. He was a very shrewd old man and had studied the habits of other animals besides the salamander and the unicorn. He had studied many specimens of the most monstrous of all monstrosities; that is called Man. He knew the signs and marks of the sort of man, who is in an innocent way something of a monster among men. He was too good a school-master not to know that the dunce is not always a dunce. He learned with amusement that this dunce had been nicknamed the Dumb Ox by his school-fellows... Aquinas was still generally known only as one obscure and obstinately unresponsive pupil, among many more brilliant and promising pupils, when the great Albert broke silence with his famous cry and prophecy; "You call him a Dumb Ox; I tell you this Dumb Ox shall bellow so loud that his bellowing will fill the world."

From a commentary by Saint Albert the Great on the Gospel of Luke:

"Do this in remembrance of me." Two things should be noted here. The first is the command that we should use this sacrament, which is indicated when Jesus says, "Do this." The second is that this sacrament commemorates the Lord's going to death for our sake.

This sacrament is profitable because it grants remission of sins; it is most useful because it bestows the fullness of grace on us in this life. "The Father of spirits instructs us in what is useful for our sanctification." And his sanctification is in Christ's sacrifice, that is, when he offers himself in this sacrament to the Father for our redemption to us for our use.

Christ could not have commanded anything more beneficial, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of sincere faith will never taste death. "It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and blessed is he who holds it fast. The man who feeds on me shall live on account of me."

Nor could he have commanded anything more lovable, for this sacrament produces love and union. It is characteristic of the greatest love to give itself as food. "Had not the men of my text exclaimed: Who will feed us with his flesh to satisfy our hunger? as if to say: I have loved them and they have loved me so much that I desire to be within them, and they wish to receive me so that they may become my members. There is no more intimate or more natural means for them to be united to me, and I to them.

Nor could he have commanded anything which is more like eternal life. Eternal life flows from this sacrament because God with all sweetness pours himself out upon the blessed.

(Anyone who doesn't see the influence on St. Thomas Aquinas here is absolutely blind and should probably pray to St. Albert because he could tell you what's wrong with your eyes because he was a scientist.)
posted by Lauren, 7:41 AM


I like this joke (also old):
A Franciscan and Jesuit were debating which order was the greatest. So, they decided to ask for a sign from God. This is what they received falling down from heaven:

My sons,

Please stop bickering about such trivial matters,

God, O.P.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8:03 AM  

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