Father Paul Raftery, O.P., delivered this beautiful reflection on mercy in the work of the great teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas, as part of a solemn Mass in his honor held on the campus of Thomas Aquinas College.  It speaks to the heart of every Catholic teacher.



A great blessing we have in this Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. And with it a chance to reflect on mercy in the life of St. Thomas.

Who during his life was not especially known for the kind of compassionate works we find in so many of the saints. He wasn’t one to spend time on the streets of Naples or Paris or Rome searching out the poor and the infirm, organizing food and clothing and medical help. He wasn’t a St. Vincent de Paul or a Mother Theresa. 

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