November 15 St. Albert the Great
St. Albert believed that all of creation revealed knowledge of God and that we should pursue knowledge so that we can know God.For this reason, he is the patron saint of Scientists.May we all have that great desire to learn and that great desire to know God!
St Albert the Great reminds us that there is friendship between science and faith and that through their vocation to the study of nature, scientists can take an authentic and fascinating path of holiness.~Pope Benedict XVI
Dear Scientist and Doctor of the Church,
Natural science always led you to the higher science of God.
Though you had an encyclopedic knowledge, it never made you proud,
for you regarded it as a gift of God.
Inspire scientists to use their gifts well in studying the wonders of creation, thus bettering the lot of the human race and rendering greater glory to God.
Use your imagination and do something related to science. An experiment at home? A trip to a science museum? A science fair?
Read these facts about him at the dinner table (And Pope Benedict's quote)
Did you know that St. Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus):
· Was born in 1206 in southern Germany and joined the Dominicans in 1223?
· Taught theology and philosophy for 22 years. So many people came to hear him that he had to lecture outdoors?
· Had a great devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as did his most famous pupil, St. Thomas Aquinas?
· Is the “Father of the Natural Sciences”. He was an authority on physics, geography, chemistry, astronomy, and biology?
· Built the first mechanical man?
· Is generally considered the most learned person of the entire medieval world. Wrote an encyclopedia?
· Attributed all his learning and the success of his work to the Blessed Virgin Mary?
· Was appointed bishop of Regensberg and was an advisor to popes, bishops and kings?
.Was declared a Saint and Doctor of the Church in 1931 by Pope Pius XI?