St. Albert the Great
St. Albert's Life
St. Albert was born before 1200 and died on November 12, 1280 AD. He was born in Bavaria, which is in Germany. He is the eldest son of as wealthy German lord. He went to early schooling at the University of Padua. He was one of the churches greatest intellects. He was one of the first and greatest of the natural scientists, with a reputation in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. He was also very good at biblical studies and theology. He studied Aristotle and the study of Aristotle brought him to study the teachings of Muslim studies. Which made him to be so religious. He is known as the "teacher of everything there is to know". He prepared for the future by studying and working hard in his studies and remaining faithful to God when he was called to be the bishop of Regensberg in 1260.
We celebrate St. Albert’s feast day on November 15th. He is the patron of scientists and philosophers. He was one of the churches greatest intellects and one of the greatest of natural scientists. He studied at the University of Padua and then taught at Hildesheim, Freiburg in Breisgau, Regensburg, and Strasbourg. After, he taught at the University of Paris, and he received his doctorate in 1245. He taught St. Thomas Aquinas. Albertus must be regarded as unique in his time for having made accessible and available the Aristotelian knowledge of nature and for having enriched it by his own observations in all branches of the natural sciences. In 1274 he attended the second Council of Lyon, France, and spoke in favor of acknowledging Rudolf of Habsburg as German king. He achieved his goal while was serving as a teacher at Paris and Cologne, and as a bishop of Regensburg for a short time.
A famous quote from St. Albert is, "There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others who desire to know, in order that they may themselves be known; and that is vanity, disgraceful too. Others again desire knowledge in order to acquire money or preferment by it; that too is a discreditable quest. But there are also some who desire knowledge, that they may build up the souls of others with it; and that is charity. Others, again, desire it that they may themselves be built up thereby; and that is prudence. Of all these types, only the last two put knowledge to the right use."
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