"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 Chapel walls. It is manifest on the academic quadrangle, where processions take place on major feast days; in the residence halls, where students gather for nightly prayer; in the Commons, where they often dine with the chaplains and visiting clergy; and even on the sports field, 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 fall, roughly two-thirds of the student body makes the 350-mile trip to San Francisco to participate in and help to lead the annual Walk for Life West Coast. Throughout the year, groups of students also visit a Planned Parenthood clinic in nearby Ventura, where they bear witness to the Culture of Life and pray for the victims of abortion. On campus there are regular 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.
“In our classroom discussions, we are responsible for our own education. We have to get our hands dirty, to figure out the material, to let it become part of us and make us better people. That is real learning.”
– Isabella Hsu (’18)
Redondo Beach, California