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Happy (old calendar) feast of St. Thomas Aquinas!

Canisius | 07 March, 2006 14:23

Dom Gueranger has one of the best lines I've seen on Aquinas:

Thomas of Aquin is an honour to mankind, for perhaps there never existed a man whose intellect surpassed his.

The hymn in IV, 328 is interesting. I don't have time at the moment to type it out here (sincere apologies), but it took me a couple of read-throughs to notice how every verse centers around the theme of "light." First verse: "new sun to shine", "disperse the [darkness-causing] clouds". Second verse: "evening of the world" [when things are dark], "heavenly light". Verse three: "fountain of light", "brighter knowledge". Verse four: "effulgent rays", "light", "splendor".

It is a very light-filled hymn--almost as though we should call St. Thomas "the luminous doctor"!


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