Time and Talent: What am I Doing Here, and Why?

I found a few resources for my next “Dr. Faustus” post this morning and afternoon, and got some writing done. Then it was time for my hour at the Eucharistic Adoration chapel.

That was, I think, an hour well-spent. But I’d been on a roll with the writing, and I don’t think that will happen again in the time I’ve got before supper.

I’d been reading about stewardship during my ‘chapel’ hour, so that’s more or less what I’ll write about here. But mostly about vocations. My vocation, specifically. And I don’t mean a job or career….

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The Quintessence of Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), famously known to Catholics as the Angelic Doctor, was born in Italy to prosperous parents of royal lineage. At the age of five he impressed everyone by continually asking, “Quid est Deus?” (What is God?)  Recognizing the precocious intellect of their son, his parents sent him to the best Benedictine teachers for instruction. It was the dream of his mother that he might be Archbishop of Naples or even Abbot of Monte Casino. By his eighteenth year he transferred to a Dominican monastery for more advanced learning and began his life-long search for the answer to the burning question of his youth.

Aquinas Becomes a Dominican

Eventually Aquinas was convinced he did not want to return to the Benedictines and asked his Dominican superiors if he could wear the cloth of St. Dominic. They granted his request. His parents were enraged by their son’s decision, since the Dominicans were famous not only as scholars, but also as an order of beggars.

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Irish Supreme Court: Hospital may withhold treatment of child against parents’ wishes

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 27, 2021 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The Supreme Court of Ireland ruled Friday that a hospital may withhold medical treatment contrary to the wishes of the parents of a child with severe injuries.

“The withholding of treatment to a child does not necessarily require parental consent to be lawful if it based on a properly made decision as to the best medical interests of the child and it would be contrary to medical ethics to provide the treatment,” the court wrote in its Jan. 22 decision In the matter of JJ.

Among the problems raised by the case are the end of life, family decisions on health treatment, and children’s rights.

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