Thomas d’Aquino was born in Naples, Italy, to a noble family around 1225 and died in 1274. Against the wishes of his family, unsuccessfully trying to keep him away from his vocation, Thomas Aquinas joined the Dominican order at age 18. On July 18, 1323 he was made a saint by Pope John XXII. In 1880 he was declared patron of all Roman Catholic educational establishments. His greatest work is the Summa Theologica (a book on Theology and Philosophy), where he develops the idea that Reason and Revelation are not opposed to each other. His feast day is January 28 and was referred to as the Angelic Doctor.
In this form of prayer we seek to reflect - thoughtfully seeking the understanding of the ways of God. A lot of our intellectual faculty is used in this prayer, which progresses from one proposition to another until we arrive at a logical conclusion or an ethical demand. We use this prayer with the final end of a change of heart and action in our lives, integrating a process we call Lectio Divina.
The four steps of Lectio Divina can be used: Read, Meditate, Pray, Contemplate. As well, it is helpful to ask the questions what, why, how, who, where, when, as well as what helps.
Read: Matthew 5:23-24
“So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”
Read: Galatians 5:26
“Let us not become conceited, competing against one another, envying one another.”
Read: Romans 13:13
“Let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy.”
Ask God to help you discover your secret envy and to help you overcome it.
Read: Luke 1:26-38 The Annunciation to Mary
Ask God to help you grow in your faith.
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