St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the feast day of the remarkable Saint Thomas Aquinas.  This holy man lived a life of incredible witness by using the gifts of chastity and his powerful intellect for the glory of God.  We pray for the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Newman Center in a particular way today as they celebrate the feast day by who they are named.  St. Thomas' relics are on display at Newman today and they are also one of the numerous saints whose relics are reposed in our altar here at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

Click read more for a beautiful prayer for receiving Holy Communion said by St. Thomas


Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.  Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness.

May I receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with
humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation.  May I receive the sacrament of the Lord's Body and Blood, and its reality and power.

Kind God, may I receive the Body of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus
Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into His
mystical Body and numbered among his members.  Loving Father, as on my
earthly pilgrimage I now receive your beloved Son, under the veil of a
sacrament, may I one day see Him Face to face in glory, who lives and reigns 
with You for ever. Amen.