I will keep your teachings always,
for all time and forever.
1 Regarding St. Thomas Aquinas (1224/1225-1274, Dominican, canonized in 1323, doctor of the Church since 1567, feast on 28 January), often he is spoken of in LS: pp. 51f (of his example as reader, scholar and commentator of the Bible), p. 91 (as companion of Bonaventure and profound expert of the Song of Songs), p. 200, note 4 (of his thought regarding the truth and the freedom of biblical doctrine), p. 244 (as author of wonderful books). The doctor and supreme theologian of the Church, has had a primary influence in the scholastic system of seminaries and church universities, and hence also in the thought of Don Alberione and of the Paulines of the beginnings. Thomas, as a friar preacher, was dedicated to the reading of the word of God and to contemplata aliis tradere (to communicate to others the result of his own contemplation). As a thinker he attempted a synthesis between philosophy and Christian faith and between nature and grace. Patron of universities, colleges, and Catholic schools, Thomas was a master of clear and concise communication, free, rational, and capable of exercising his intelligence regarding the mysteries of the revealed Word.
2 “I will explore Jerusalem with lamps...”
3 “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.”
4 “...he rewards those who seek him.”
5 Because of a printing error, LS indicates “Rom. XXI, 33.” (Rom 21:33)
6* St. Augustine, Serm. XXVIII.
7 A short time prior to his death that took place in 735, concluding the history of his people and giving a list of his works, Bede gives us this selfportrait: “I spent my whole life in this monastery [of Wearmouth and Jarrow], dedicating myself entirely to the study of the Bible and while I followed the discipline of the Rule and the daily duty of singing in church, it was always sweet to me to learn, to teach, to write... I ask you, O good Jesus, who benevolently have granted to me to draw with sweetness the words of your science, to grant me also, you who are kind, to reach you, source of all wisdom, and to stand before your face.” Bede was first of all a reader of the Bible. His exegetical work, his penetration of Scripture, make him one of the major interpreters of the Bible during the whole of the Latin High Medieval Age.
8 In the original text, there is “Jork”.