Thought for the Day – 7 March – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
ST THOMAS AQUINAS
“Thomas of Aquin was a wealthy nobleman of great intelligence.
A brilliant future seemed to lie before him.
But, he answered the inspiration which called him to a life of Christian perfection, in the Order of St Dominic.
This divine vocation encountered serious obstacles.
His mother and brothers opposed it.
The latter went as far as capturing him and imprisoning him in a castle, where they put him beside a woman who tempted him to sin against holy purity.
But it was all useless.
He chased the temptress away with a blazing torch.
Then he knelt before a cross, outlined upon the wall and, as he was praying fervently, he experienced such wonderful peace that it seemed a foretaste of Heaven.
From that day, he was never again tried by temptation of the flesh.
He was like an Angel in human form.
Do you wish to share, even a little in these rewards?
Let us listen to the good inspiration which God gives u.
Like St Thomas Aquinas, let us be ready to make any sacrifice, rather than offend God.
Let us be prepared to work earnestly to acquire the virtues proper to our state in life.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci