“What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works?"
At Thomas Aquinas College, the practice of the Faith is by no means limited to Sundays. Most students also attend weekday Masses, frequent the Sacrament of Confession, and participate in daily rosaries and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Nor is the spiritual life confined within the chapels. It is manifest on the academic quadrangles, where processions take place on major feast days; in the residence halls, where students gather for nightly prayer; in the dining halls, where they often sit with the chaplains and visiting clergy; and even on the sports fields, where opponents pray together and then compete in a manner consistent with charity and good will.
Then there are the numerous other apostolates and charitable endeavors, some well-organized, some spontaneous. Each January, roughly two-thirds of the California student body makes the 350-mile trip to San Francisco to help lead the annual Walk for Life West Coast, and a comparable contingent of New England students travels 400 miles to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life. Throughout the year, groups of students also visit local abortion clinics, where they bear witness to the Culture of Life and pray for the victims of abortion. On both campuses there are food drives, blood drives, and charitable fund-raisers. And when a friend of the College is in need, students offer up sacrifices and prayers in the form of a spiritual bouquet.
These many and varied expressions of faith can be seen among the College’s alumni, so many of whom live out the Faith in very prominent, public ways, while others go on to become cloistered religious. Whatever a student’s unique charism or interest, he or she will find no shortage of avenues to explore it at Thomas Aquinas College where, aided by the grace of the sacraments, all students have ample time and opportunity to discern God’s will for their lives.