Saint Albert the great


SAINT ALBERT THE GREAT
Bishop and Doctor of the Church
The lectures of Albertus Magnus, the eminent theologian, philosopher and scientist, were so popular in Paris that, the University halls being unable to hold his listeners, he had to speak in the open marketplace.
In 1254 Albert was elected Provincial for Germany, but quit the post after two years to resume his studies. In 1260 he accepted, at the Pope’s command, the bishopric of Regensburg (Ratisbon), but resigned two years later and returned to lecturing and writing. From 1263 to 1264, as legate of Pope Urban IV, he preached the crusade throughout Germany and Bohemia.
In 1274 Albert returned to Paris and vindicated the orthodoxy of his renowned disciple, the late St Thomas Aquinas, some of whose doctrines had been condemned by the university.
His extraordinary knowledge and proficiency in every branch of medieval learning: astronomy, geography, climatology, physics, chemistry, agriculture, mineralogy, zoology, physiology and phrenology that earned him the title “Universal Doctor”.
In his personal life Albert remained the humble Dominican, his numerous travels always made on foot. He had a childlike faith in and love of God that expressed itself in an attitude of tenderness towards the poor and unfortunate.
He died at Cologne on 15 November 1280. Beatified by Pope Gregory XV in 1622, Albert was declared Saint and Doctor by Pope Pius XI on 16 December, 1931.
Reflection: “But you must keep control of yourself in all circumstances; endure suffering, do the work of a teacher of the Good News and perform your duty as a servant of God” (2 Tim 4:5).

Published by Ernest I.

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