Novena To St. Thomas Aquinas # 2 (January 19 to January 28)

Day 1

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“God Himself is the rule and mode of virtue.
Our faith is measured by Divine truth,
our hope by the greatness of His power
and faithful affection,
our charity by His goodness.
His truth, power and goodness
outreach any measure of reason.
We can certainly never believe,
trust or love God more than,
or even as much as, we should.
Extravagance is impossible.
Here is no virtuous moderation,
no measurable mean;
the more extreme our activity,
the better we are.”

[Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, 5 Vols]

DAILY PRAYERS

Through the intercession of St. Thomas Aquinas,

Grant me grace, O merciful God,
to desire ardently all that is pleasing to Thee,
to examine it prudently,
to acknowledge it truthfully,
and to accomplish it perfectly,
for the praise and glory of Thy name.

In particular, please obtain the favour I ask during this novena.

[Make your request(s) here…]

Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you.

Amen.

Day 2

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“Even though the natural light of the human mind is inadequate
to make known what is revealed by faith,
nevertheless what is divinely taught to us by faith
cannot be contrary to what we are endowed with by nature.
One or the other would have to be false,
and since we have both of them from God,
he would be the cause of our error,
which is impossible.”

[Thomas Aquinas, Faith, Reason and Theology]

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 3

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“God loves His creatures,
and He loves each one the more,
the more it shares His own goodness,
which is the first and primary object of His love.
Therefore He wants the desires
of His rational creatures to be fulfilled
because they share most perfectly
of all creatures the goodness of God.

And His will is an accomplisher of things
because He is the cause of things by His will.
So it belongs to the Divine goodness
to fulfill the desires of rational creatures
which are put to Him in prayer.”

[Thomas Aquinas, Faith, Reason and Theology]

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 4

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“Many cry to the Lord that they may win riches,
that they may avoid losses;
they cry that their family may be established,
they ask for temporal happiness,
for worldly dignities; and, lastly,
they cry for bodily health,
which is the patrimony of the poor.
For these and suchlike things many cry to the Lord;
hardly one cries for the Lord Himself!
How easy it is for a man to desire
all manner of things from the Lord
and yet not desire the Lord Himself!
As though the gift could be sweeter than the Giver!”

[Thomas Aquinas, On Prayer and The Contemplative Life]

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 5

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“The world tempts us either by attaching us to it in prosperity,
or by filling us with fear of adversity.
But faith overcomes this
in that we believe in a life to come better than this one,
and hence we despise the riches of this world
and we are not terrified in the face of adversity.”

[Thomas Aquinas, The Catechetical Instructions]

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 6

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

Virgin full of goodness,
Mother of mercy,
I entrust to you my body and my soul,
my thoughts and my actions,
my life and my death.

My Queen, come to my aid
and deliver me from the snares of the devil.

Obtain for me the grace of loving
my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
with a true and perfect love,
and after him, Mary,
of loving you with all my heart
and above all things.

Amen.

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 7

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans
that when we allow it to take us over,
it drives compassion right out of our hearts.”

“We must love them both,
those whose opinions we share
and those whose opinions we reject,
for both have labored in the search for truth,
and both have helped us in finding it.”

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 8

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”

“We can’t have full knowledge all at once.
We must start by believing;
then afterwards we may be led on
to master the evidence for ourselves.”

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

Day 9

St. Thomas Aquinas taught us:

Suppose a person entering a house were to feel heat on the porch,
and going further, were to feel the heat increasing,
the more they penetrated within.
Doubtless, such a person would believe there was a fire in the house,
even though they did not see the fire
that must be causing all this heat.
A similar thing will happen to anyone
who considers this world in detail:
one will observe that all things are arranged
according to their degrees of beauty and excellence,
and that the nearer they are to God,
the more beautiful and better they are.

[Sermon on the Apostles’ Creed , 13-14.]

Repeat the “Daily Prayers” in Day 1 above.

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