March 26, 2018

His First Mass

St. Thomas of Aquinas was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-five. In anticipation of this singular event, he spent night after night before the tabernacle. It was hardly something new to him. He had engaged in this practice of prayer before the Holy Presence since his childhood.

Now, however the day arrived, as well as the day he himself celebrated Mass for the first time. At that Mass, an extraordinary illumination was seen in front of his forehead.

Shapcote, Emily Mary, Legends of the Blessed Sacrament (London, Burns & Oates) p. 41.


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