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Saturday, November 15, 2008

St. Albert the Great

St. Albert was born in Germany around 1200. He studied at the University of Padua and joined the Dominican Order in 1229. He taught theology at the University of Paris and Thomas Aquinas was his student there. Then Albert went to Cologne to teach Dominicans. The Pope appointed him a bishop in 1260 but he resigned after four years and returned to teaching which was his great love. Because of his outstanding intellectual gifts, he was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1931 and is the patron saint of scientists.

In today's Gospel Jesus tells us a parable about the necessity for us to "pray always without becoming weary". The parable is that of the unjust judge who was unwilling to help the widow but finally gives her a just decision just to stop her from bothering him. Jesus tells us: "Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them? I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
I must remember that we are the chosen ones and that God expects us to call out to him day and night for justice in this world. I cannot be indifferent. Lord, help me to fight the injustice I see by prayer that does not grow weary. I know that God hears our prayers; God is a great listener and always there for us!

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