Monday, November 15, 2010

St. Albert the Great...Patron Saint of Albert Einstein?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*
St. Albert the Great and Albert Einstein
They're more alike than you might think.

Besides the fact that both were born
in the Ulm region of Germany:
  • Both talked alot about God
  • Both were Doctors in their vocation
  • Both were drawn up into international events
  • Both were in communication with key historical figures
  • Both attempted to unify scientific principles into a grand theory
About Albert the Great:

...he was careful to distinguish what was ascertained by revelations, pointing to the limitations of rational thought. He regarded revelation as primary in testing any thought (for example, philosophy cannot explain the triunity of God), although he did engage in speculative discussion. He adopted the same approach toward the existence of God. By drawing upon Aristotle and attempting to synthesize a philosophy and theology Albertus Magnus insisted that human knowledge could be used to discover divine mysteries.


Chapter 3

He who cleaves to God is indeed translated into the light, while he who clings to the world is in the dark. So the supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone.

Chapter 7

So let us withdraw our hearts from the distractions of this world, and recall them to the inner joys, so that we can establish them to some degree in the light of divine contemplation. For this is the life and peace of our hearts—to be established by intent in the love of God, and to be sweetly remade by his comforting.

NOTE: This work is still largely attributed to St. Albert the Great although there is discussion as to whether it was reworked at a later time.

Light, Life and Love
those three haloed words

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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