The first Monday of October always heralds the opening of our Supreme Court. This session seems to be more important than ever as it includes another case dealing with abortion. By God’s providence, while waiting for Mass this morning and flipping through my Magnificat, I came across Blessed John Duns Scotus (he is mentioned with Blessed Agnellus of Pisa, pg. 81, “Saints Who Transformed the Culture”).
Did you catch that? His last name is the acronym by which we call the Supreme Court – Supreme Court of the United States – SCOTUS! I was immediately struck with an idea.
I hereby put forth that we offer prayers for our Supreme Court and the very important cases it will hear this session to the intercession of Blessed John Duns Scotus.
From his wiki page we learn:
“Duns the Scot”, was a Scottish Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, university professor, philosopher, and theologian. He is one of the four most important philosopher-theologians of Western Europe in the High Middle Ages, together with Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and William of Ockham. Scotus has had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular thought.”
Who knew!!??? I had never heard of him but in reading of his intelligence, clear headedness and impact on philosophy and theology, he seems quite capable of the job, don’t you agree?
As a suggestion, here’s a prayer I adapted from the Aleteia website on him and the Franciscan Proper of Saints:
Lord God, source of all wisdom,
in Blessed John Duns Scotus,
priest and champion of the Immaculate Virgin,
you have given us a master of life and thought.
Enlightened by his example and nourished by his doctrine, our Supreme Court would make decisions founded in right judgement and Your divine will. Inspire the justices to align themselves and their thoughts to the wisdom of Blessed John Duns Scotus.
We may remain faithful followers of Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Thanks for letting me share this idea and feel free to share it with others as well. It seems we are on the brink of ‘something’ and our country needs all the prayers it can get!