March 11, 2018

St. Thomas of Aquinas and the Answer to His Question

At one time, a significant controversy arose concerning the Holy Eucharist. Many doctors of the Church submitted the matter to St. Thomas of Aquinas, content with such resolution as he might write. St. Thomas, as had been his custom throughout his life, prayed before the altar and the tabernacle, seeking guidance.

Then he turned his efforts to paper, and when he had finished, he returned to the tabernacle and One who he knew to be there. Laying his work down on the ground before the tabernacle, he prayed, “O, Lord Jesus, who in this marvelous Sacrament are truly present, all of whose works are miracles, incomprehensible miracles, I implore You most humbly to verify to me whether this that I have written of You agrees with the truth.”

Thomas was not alone at this time. Many of his brother theologians had followed him into the church. They attested that, for a reply, Jesus Himself appeared, and pointing at the books Thomas had written, said in a tone full of love, “You, my son, have spoken worthily of the Sacrament of My Body.”

That was not the end of the wonderment the other theologians beheld. Thomas continued in prayer, deep prayer, and was lifted up into the air.

After a time, he came out of his ecstasy and quietly returned to his room.

Shapcote, Emily Mary, Legends of the Blessed Sacrament (London, Burns & Oates) p. 42.


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