No doubt about it: Jesus is Lord

Readings for Today

If I were in the shoes of Saint Thomas, I would have reacted just as he did. I would have doubted. I mean, rising from the dead. How many people can say that have witnessed a death, and seen new life. It is too bad we remember Thomas too often for his doubt. Thomas believed. He shed his life. How did he move from doubt to faith? By a personal encounter with Jesus. Spend some time with Jesus to get to know him better today.

Homily given at Saint Dominic Priory, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 3, 2018.
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The Summa Theologica

This masterpiece of theology, written by arguably the greatest theologian in the Church, does not represent an easy starting place for theology.  But, having the link to this online addition may prove helpful for those familiar with Thomistic thought.

St. Thomas : The Search Engine

From the website:

This web application allows you to search through the works of Aquinas in both English and Latin. It allows you to do proximity word and phrase searches. For each result found, the paragraph containing the result will be displayed together with a link to the website where the full text can be found. Furthermore, if desired, one can save and categorize results in user defined groups of results.


(1) Make sure you have selected some pages to search by clicking on the checkboxes in the ‘Domain Summary’ pane.

(2) In the ‘New Search’ pane, fill any one of the word1 to word4 text fields with words you would like to find near to each other. You can specify the separation of the words by using the drop down menu.

(3) If desired, you can create groups of results that you can save for later reference.

Future updates of the site will include:

1. Other philosophers.

2. Allow users to add private comments to a search result.

3. Allow users to upload pdfs (with appropriate access control) which they want to search. (This may be tricky).

4. Autogenerate bibliographies in a variety of formats

St Thomas: The Search Engine was created by fr Robert Verrill, a friar of the English Dominican Province. If you notice any bugs or a functionality you would like this web application to provide, please contact him at

Daily prayer for July 12, 2017

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,


Daily prayer for Monday, July 3, 2017

O St. Thomas, the Apostle of India, Father of our faith, you spread the light of Christ in the hearts of the people of India. You humbly confessed “My Lord and My God” and sacrificed your life for love of him. We pray to you to strengthen us with love and faith in Jesus Christ so that we may dedicate ourselves totally to the cause of the kingdom of justice, peace and love. We pray that through your intercession we may be protected from all trials, dangers and temptations and be strengthened in the love of the Triune God, Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Taken from:

Aquinas: Homily for Saturday, January 28, 2017

(Listen to today’s homily, “Humility” by clicking the links above.)

Readings for Today

Saint Thomas Aquinas is arguably the most important theologian in the Catholic Church.  His writings are unparalleled.  There is no one who has written more effectively than this doctor of the Church.  This is not because he was a Dominican, as wonderful as that is.  Rather, it was due to his ability to understand both the natural and supernatural world.  Using the writings of Aristotle, he was able to synthesize disconnected areas.

But it was the faith of Aquinas that was, in fact, most important. When asked by the Lord what he sought, he said, “non nisi te”, nothing but you.  Saint Thomas Aquinas was first a mystic.  The important foundation for him was a powerful relationship with God.  As brilliant a man as Saint Thomas was, cultivating a relationship God was most important.  God was first.

In fact, it is in this context that the phrase often uttered by frustrated philosophy students and seminarians, (what he wrote was straw) must be understood.  Saint Thomas Aquinas appreciated the beauty of his work.  But when what he wrote was compared to his experience of God, it was no contest.  God was so much more brilliant, beautiful, powerful and loving.  It was in that context, that the work of Aquinas was straw.  Perhaps the message for today is to see that like Saint Thomas Aquinas, we should desire nothing but God too.

Homily for Sunday, April 12, 2015

Readings for Today

There are few things that bring as much joy as when we think about the perfect place. It might be a vacation spot that is a particular favorite of ours. It may be a camp where we can get away from it all. It might even be an imaginary world where we can envision having special powers. Imagining other places may be the reason we see movies, tv shows or read books.We might play games for the same reason.

As we listen to today’s first reading we can make the mistake of thinking that the world described in the Acts of the Apostles is simply an imaginary place that does not, or can not, really exist. In a world where every element of life seems to divide people, even quite sharply, it can seem downright impossible that any group of people can be of one heart and one mind. Even when the group professes belief in Jesus, it can obviously seem to be impossible in this group as well.

That being said, we cannot lose hope. The call to be of one mind and heart is a call to open our hearts ever more fully to the Spirit. When our hearts are open to the Spirit as believers, the beauty of being of one heart and one mind becomes real. And when we live in that unity, it becomes possible for us to live the ideal presented, one where all have their needs met, and living in harmony and generosity is the norm.

Today’s readings are meant to remind us of generosity. There is the generosity of spirit that compels us to care for one another. But perhaps on this Divine Mercy Sunday, there is the generosity we witness in the forgiveness of Jesus, first to the apostles but ultimately also to you and me. This mercy seemed so unreal, that neither Thomas nor the other apostles could believe without confirming this Jesus was the real Jesus, and that the mercy of God was indeed so powerful it could overcome the sinful abandonment of Jesus done by the apostles.

There can be two mistakes, probably more, but two I can think of when I consider the mercy of God. The first mistake is to believe that somehow our sins are too big to be forgiven by God. We can limit the mercy of God, by failing to realize that Jesus came to die for everyone’s sinfulness. There is never the sin that is too big, too evil, that cannot be overcome by the mercy of God because of the salvific victory won by Jesus.

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Homily for Saturday, May 3, 2014

Readings for Today

Every teacher has the experience of having worked hard to help students to understand an important point, only to find at the end of the unit that the point was not clearly understood.  Such is the case this morning as we hear Thomas and Philip missing the point.  Thomas needs to be reminded that the “way”, the direction, the purpose of our lives can be summed up in a word: Jesus.  And Philip, despite all the time spent with Jesus, does not understand the relationship between Jesus and the Father.

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