St. Thomas Aquinas: Captivating and Levitating
Today we celebrate the short, but productive life of St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274.) Not only a saint, but a Doctor of the Church known particularly for further illuminating the doctrine of transubstantiation.
Despite the fact that his writings continue to be studied by learned scholars and theologians , he wrote for the common worshiper as well. His hymn Pange Lingua distills the Eucharistic doctrine of the Church literally in one stanza.
Very bread his flesh to be;
Man in wine Christ's Blood partaketh,
And if his senses fail to see,
Faith alone the true heart waketh,
To behold the mystery."
"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."