Dominican Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1206-1280)
+ Albert was born in Italy and was educated in Padua and Pavia prior to entering the Order of Preachers in 1223.
+ A brilliant scholar, he is most especially remembered as the teacher of the great Thomas Aquinas. Albert’s collected works fill 38 volumes and he possessed encyclopedic knowledge of logic, theology, astronomy, zoology, chemistry, and a number of other fields. His great love, however, was philosophy, and he was a great proponent of the teachings of Aristotle.
+ Albert was consecrated as bishop of Regensburg in 1260 and, as bishop, he was known as a man of peace of worked tirelessly to promote concord among peoples and cities.
+ Saint Albert “the Great” died on November 15, 1280, and was canonized in 1931. Having been declared a Doctor of the Church at the time of his canonization, he is also honored as the patron saint of philosophers and scientists.
For prayer and reflection
“The one who cleaves to God is indeed translated into the light, while the one who clings to the world is in the dark. So our supreme perfection in this life is to be so united to God that all our soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that we become one spirit with him, and remember nothing except God, aware of and recognizing nothing but God.”—Saint Albert the Great
On this day, we also Saints Gurius and Shamuna, two martyrs who were killed in Edessa, Syria, in 305.
O God, who made the Bishop Saint Albert great
by his joining of human wisdom to divine faith,
grant, we pray, that we may so adhere to the truths he taught,
that through progress in learning
we may come to a deeper knowledge and love of you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.