Nevertheless, he was on his way to the Council of Florence to help "solve" the schism when he died.
Now I'm sad.
i doubt much would have come of it either way...
Still, I can dream.
Perhaps he would have joined the Orthodox Church?
In fact, the Dominicans, to which St. Thomas Aquinas belonged, did send two groups of Dominican friars to the East to help "solve" the schism: one to Constantinople, and the other to Georgia. Both priories converted to Orthodoxy. The ones in Georgia were known as the white monks as they did not have the funds to buy expensive black monastic robes. St. Seraphim of Sarov adopted the white habit and the Rosary devotion from these ex-Dominicans.
Cool. Is there a source for this?
Three of my Dominican professors at a Catholic university that I attended mentioned this defection. It is part of the Dominican history that they studied while undergoing the Dominican novitiate at St. Albert's Priory in Berkeley, California. Unfortunately, I did not have access to their novitiate texts. The fact that St. Seraphim of Sarov personally adopted not only the white monastic garb but also gave his nuns a form of the Dominican Rosary speaks volumes.
Yes...like that they really were secret Dominicans!!
Just kidding!!!! Couldn't resist it--it's Friday, and I'm gettin' punchy .
Obviously, St. Seraphim saw the good and acknowledged it.
Pope John-Paul II mentioned St. Seraphim and St. Dominic in his book Threshold of Hope
(I think it was called).
Both emitted the Holy Light of Christ from their foreheads, a foretaste of our own glorification at the Final Resurrection.
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The memory of God should be treasured in our hearts like the precious pearl mentioned in the Holy Gospel. Our life's goal should be to nurture and contemplate God always within, and never let it depart, for this steadfastness will drive demons away from us. - Paraphrased from St. Philotheus of Sinai
Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart,
Translated from the Russian by E. Kadloubovksy and G.E.H. Palmer, Faber and Faber, London, Boston, 1992 printing.