La curiosidad mató al gato

Berkeley, Tuesday, April 21, 2020 4:15 PM

Following up with the title, perhaps, it is true, but I am still keen to find time to learn more about Saint Albertus Magnus, the teacher of Saint Thomas Aquinas. From few descriptions I have read about him, yet without reading his books. He Saint Albert was born c.a. 1206 near the river Danube, in Swabia (now Germany) [1]. My sense is that his curiosity or perhaps his mission was to go out there and test every single word, in some areas of study, that has been written, and so write his proofs as well. One characteristic example, at least one registered, and perhaps the most extreme, was that in order to test the common belief that eagles lay one egg per season, he arranged to be lowered with a cord over a cliff’s edge to check an eagle’s nest. [1] Again, I have not read yet his words, rather than checking those briefings, and so I do not know about what his findings were. If they agreed on one egg, two eggs, or if, perhaps, he said that nest had one egg, but one sample is not enough to represent the universe, but that story is quite telling about his intrepid character in finding things out, so confirming truths and rebuking myths. I also do not know about the process for Sanctification, but there should be a good evidence, why he is a Saint.

Each Saint has made his/her contribution to the world in love to the Creator, either by performing their duties outdoors or in cloistered. They do not like to be mentioned, as they want to focus on their duties of healing, love, and service. So, I apologize to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower [the steel flower melted with tears, who at some point endured or rather crystalized, and never stoped searching], for mentioning her here, but read her Story of a Soul [2].


[1] van Wensveen, L. 2010. Albert the Great. Then Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Edited by Bron Taylor. Oxford Reference

[2] The Autobiography of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. The Story of a Soul. 1957. Translated by John Beevers.

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