St. Thomas Of Villanova
St. Thomas was from Castile in Spain and received his surname from the town where he was raised. He received a superior education at the University of Alcala and became a popular professor of philosophy there.
After joining the Augustinian friars at Salamanca he was ordained and resumed his teaching. He became prior and then provincial of the friars, sending the first Augustinians to the New World. He was nominated by the emperor to the archbishopric of Granada, but refused. When the see again became vacant he was pressured to accept. The money his cathedral chapter gave him to furnish his house was given to a hospital instead. His explanation to them was that "our Lord will be better served by your money being spent on the poor in the hospital. What does a poor friar like myself want with furniture?"
He wore the same habit that he had received in the novitiate, mending it himself. The canons and domestics were ashamed of him, but they could not convince him to change. Several hundred poor came to Thomas's door each morning and received a meal, wine and money. When criticized because he was at times being taken advantage of, he replied, "If there are people who refuse to work, that is for the governor and the police to deal with. My duty is to assist and relieve those who come to my door." He took in orphans and paid his servants for every deserted child they brought to him. He encouraged the wealthy to imitate his example and be richer in mercy and charity than they were in earthly possessions.
As he lay dying, Thomas commanded that all the money he possessed be distributed to the poor. His material goods were to be given to the rector of his college. Mass was being said in his presence when after Communion he breathed his last, reciting the words: "Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit."
Thomas of Villanova was already called in his lifetime "the almsgiver" and "the father of the poor." He was canonized in 1658.
PAMALANDONG SA EBANGHELYO
PAGPATIKANG SANG MANGGAD
Kon lantawon naton ang teksto subong sang aton Ebanghelyo sa aton Pilipinhon nga kultura, daw makatilingala nga “gindayaw” pa sang amo ang iya nga “engkargado” nga kon aton lantawon, nagdinaya sa iya pagpanukot sa mga nakautang sa iya nga amo.
Apang ang punto sang aton Ebanghelyo subong, indi ang “kalg-it” sang engkargado, kundi kon paano niya gingamit ang mga pagkabutang sang iya nga amo agud mahaw-as sia sa mga ginapa-abut niya nga konsekwensya sa pagpahiln sa iya sang iya nga amo sa iya nga trabaho.
May mga batikan nga mga nakasiyasat sini nga palaanggiran sang aton Ginoo nga nagsiling nga sa pagkamatuod, ang “ginbuhin” nga utang sang engkargado, amo tani yadto ang iya nga “ganansya” ukon “patong” agud may ara man sia nga parti kon magbayad na ang naka-utang. Buot silingon, ginanegosyo man niya ang negosyo sang iya nga amo.
Sa bagay nga agud nga sapupuhon sia sang mga nakautang sa iya amo kon ingkaso nga sia pahalinon sini, nagbuhat sia sang “maayo” nga diskarte agud indi magsakit ang buot sang mga nakautang sa iya nga amo.
Sa sini gindayaw sia sang iya nga amo tungud sang iya nga paggamit sang mga butang nga dutan-on sa pagpangamigo. Amo ini ang KATUYUAN sang manggad sang kalibutan nga ginhatag sang Dios sa aton. Gamiton naton ini sa ikaayo sang aton isigkatawo! Gamiton naton ini sa pag-angkon sang mas malahalon nga manggad– ang manggad nga langitnon.