Feast Day of St. Albert the Great
Today is the feast day of St. Albert the Great. He was a brilliant man from Germany and excelled in so many different subjects, from philosophy to science to theology and many stops in between. He was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI. His writings covered so many topics like the basis of the work of great philosopher, Thomas Aquinas and so there is so much evidence of his impact on the church and the world.
Today, I think of the many gifted people who impact the world and never were known or made famous, like the gentleman in the picture shown here. He’s a lock tender in Waterford, New York. The city is at the junction of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers and the junction of the Erie and Champlain Canals. It is the home of the “Waterford Flight”, the highest set of lift locks in world…and this guy has the responsibility of moving water transports.
There are so many people who go unnoticed and need to be thanked.
The gospel in today’s mass reminds me of the need to be one who is grateful, as Jesus wondered why only one of ten was grateful for the miracle. Thank God for so many unnoticed good people.