Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, a Dominican scholar of the Bible and the writings of Aristotle. He lived from 1225 to 1274, writing two comprehensive texts on Catholic Theology and a Catholic approach of Philosophy. We had Dominican Sisters in my home parish, and they saw to it that I was named after Aquinas.
Then, from Sixty to fifty years ago I had two wonderful Korean Sisters in my Korean parish, and every year they presented me with a delicately painted feast day card. That seemed to be all in the past, but today I received an email from a Sister Josepha in Korea, wishing me a happy Feast Day. I had to get out a Korean dictionary to decipher her letter. I was never very good at that language.
In the summer of 1957, with some American visitors coming, I wanted to have our little Catholic girls put on a dance for them, then they brought along the best little dancer in the Middle School. In her dance she was a princess who came to a laboring boy in his sleep, dancing for him. She stayed on, becoming a Catholic, becoming nun, and bringing her whole wonderful family into the Church. Her older brother, a retired lawyer, sometimes comments on my web page. In her email today Sister Josepha told me about her nephew Peter becoming a priest back in December. All of this comes from her being the best dancer in her Middle School.