Saint Albert the Great (Albertus Magnus)

Albert was born in Swabia, Germany in 1206. His father being the Count of Bollstadt, Albert was born within the household fort at Lauingen.

He studied on the University of Padua and within the yr 1223 turned a Dominican regardless of his household’s opposition. He taught at Cologne, Hildesheim, Freiburg-im-Breisgau, Regensburg, and Strasbourg. His popularity for his studying and mind was widespread. He obtained a doctorate on the University of Paris in 1245 the place he later taught. Among his college students was Thomas Aquinas, who turned a detailed good friend.

In 1254, Albert was named provincial of his order and went to Rome to function private theologian to the pope. Albert resigned his provincialate in 1257 to dedicate himself to check, and later, together with Peter of Tarentasia and Thomas Aquinas, drew up a brand new research curriculum for the Dominicans.

Against his needs, he was appointed bishop of Regensburg in 1260, however resigned two years later to renew instructing at Cologne. He was energetic within the Council of Lyons in 1274, working for the reunion of the Greek Church with Rome. He brilliantly defended Aquinas and his place towards Bishop Stephen Templer of Paris and a bunch of theologians on the college there in 1277. The following yr, a reminiscence lapse progressed into two years of poor psychological and bodily well being, which led to his loss of life in Cologne on November 15. He was canonized and declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1931.


Albert was one of many nice intellects of the medieval Church. He was among the many first and biggest of pure scientists. His information of biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and geography (considered one of his treatises proved the earth to be spherical) was so superb that he was typically accused of utilizing magic. He wrote profusely on logic, metaphysics, arithmetic, the Bible, and theology. A eager pupil of Arabic studying and tradition, his and Aquinas’s adaptation of Aristotelian ideas to systematic theology and their makes an attempt to reconcile Aristotelianism to Christianity brought about bitter opposition amongst a lot of their fellow theologians. Because of his genius, he was often called “the Universal Doctor” amongst his contemporaries.

Graceful living

From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day

[Jesus] couldn’t have commanded something extra helpful, for this sacrament is the fruit of the tree of life. Anyone who receives this sacrament with the devotion of honest religion won’t ever style loss of life.

— From a homily of St. Albert the Great on the Holy Eucharist

Johnnette’s Meditation
To what extent do I obtain Holy Communion with honest religion? Is there something I can do to extend my devotion?


Thank you, Father in heaven, for the present of genius that you’ve given to many nice saints and theologians similar to St. Albert. Through their nice works, the Church has gained a lot information. We give thanks that these saints used their items of knowledge to enlighten the world — and never for their very own egocentric gratification or achieve. To God goes the glory. Amen.

Other Saints We Remember Today

St. Leopold “The Good” (1136), father of 18 kids, refused the imperial crown

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