Rev. Thomas Petri, O.P., Vice President and Academic Dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, gave the homily at The Catholic University of America’s St. Thomas Aquinas Mass, held in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, January 28, the patronal feast of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Fr. Petri’s homily detailed the stunning amount of Aquinas’ academic output, but noted that it had a higher purpose. “St. Thomas would argue,” said Fr. Petri, “That knowledge and its pursuit is for its own sake leads us closer to truth. And Truth is real; it can be found. It calls to us wanting to be known…St. Thomas understood that this is for one single reason: God is truth. Truth, it turns out, is a person, a Divine Person.”
Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., President of the PFIC, was the principal celebrant of the Mass, which opened the spring semester at The Catholic University of America and celebrates National Catholic Schools Week. The Mass was attended by about 1,000 people, including students from CUA, the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Carroll High School, DeMatha Catholic High School, and St. Anthony Catholic School. The Mass was broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network.