Sunday, the 4th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Thomas Aquinas
Readings for today’s Mass
Today is the feast of Thomas Aquinas, an Angelic Doctor of the Church and one of the big hitters of Church theology. He left us a huge body of written work that is still relevant today, 7oo years after his death. One writer says this about his work:
The unity, harmony, and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural
human knowledge, pervades his writings. One might expect Thomas, as a man
of the gospel, to be an ardent defender of revealed truth. But he was broad
enough, deep enough, to see the whole natural order as coming from God the
Creator, and to see reason as a divine gift to be highly cherished.
Our namesake, Blessed John Newman was of a similar mindset. He too saw the value of both sides of the discussion. For more on that, read his The Idea of a University sometime.
The usual hot button topic of the debate is often creation vs evolution. Recall the Scopes Monkey Trial. One side holds to one of the two creation scenarios of the Book of Genesis, usually the six day account. This is how the 6000 year old universe came about. The other side supports Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. This idea counts the earth as 13.8 billion years.
Catholic traditions appreciates the probability of evolution but it is directed by the hand of God, as opposed to a series of random happenstance.
In the big picture, Aquinas wasn't around to discuss creationism vs natural selection, but the debate of the more contemporary issue is greatly influenced by his groundbreaking work. So, is it the scientific method or divine revelation? Before you decide, take it to prayer. It might help you ask the right questions.