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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Great Minds and Little People

I am remiss in getting to some questions. Since the school year is about to start, I thought this one would be a good choice:

Sister, thank you for your blog and your time. I love reading,learning and being scolded at times :) I have a toddler whose speech is very delayed for unknown reasons. He is perfectly fine other than that. Do you have any patron saint suggestions?

St. Albert Einstien.  Okay....Albert Einstein is not a saint. Or, maybe he is in Heaven, which means he is a saint. He has certainly never been canonized. But that great genius of our time did not speak until he was four years old. That is some delay. I guess he had a lot to think about. He was also considered sloppy and lazy as a boy.  How that made him different from other children, I'm not sure.

But we do have the perfect patron saint for you, of course. St. Thomas Aquinas, also one of the great minds of his time. Of all time, really, as a lot of what we believe as Catholics was due to his massive intellect.

Our favorite topic of late, for example: angels.  If you click on this link you will be AMAZED at all the things you forgot to think about while you were thinking about angels.  When were angels created? Before the earth and us or after? Is there a hierarchy of fallen angels as there is a hierarchy of angels in Heaven? Can angels act directly on human will? Do some angels just hang around in Heaven? How can angels have bodies and no bodies at the same time?

What St. Thomas Aquinas has to say about guardian angels alone is worth scrolling down for a read. One of his many monikers is "The Angelic Doctor". 

At his canonization hearing, the Devil's Advocate pointed out that there had been no miracles to prove that Thomas was in Heaven and the response was, in essence, his thoughts were miraculous enough.

But St. Thomas Aquinas was an inarticulate oaf as a youth, so much so that he was dubbed "The Dumb Ox" by his teachers. "Dumb" because he never talked and "ox" because he was huge. One of those things never changed.

And, by the way, here's a good read for the Separated Brethren on the relationship of an angel who spoke to Mary.  Keep in mind that angels are much smarter than we are.


nebula said...

Perhaps not related but sister could you explain Saint Selaphiel, patron saint of prayer? I found out about this archangel today and would like to know if he features in the Catholic tradition?

hekates said...

St. Thomas is also great for Latin exams. "Give to us words unknown or forgotten. "

Arkanabar said...

Thomas Sowell also wrote books about late-talking children; "The Einstein Children" is the more complete and thorough of them. It may be helpful to your reader.