Entry 0152: Pope Benedict XVI invokes Saint Thomas Aquinas to assist him
In the General Audience of 25 August 2010, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI spoke about his devotion to saints:
Everyone must have some Saint with whom he or she is on familiar terms, to feel close to with prayer and intercession but also to emulate.
As you know, I too am especially attached to certain Saints: among them in addition to Saint Joseph and Saint Benedict, whose names I bear is Saint Augustine whom I have had the great gift to know, so to speak, close at hand through study and prayer and who has become a good "travelling companion" in my life and my ministry.
And in the book Light of the World (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010), the Pope remarked:
Naturally I always pray first and foremost to our Lord, with whom I am united simply by old acquaintance, so to speak. But I also invoke the saints.
I am friends with Augustine, with Bonaventure, with Thomas Aquinas.
Then one says to such saints also: Help me!
And the Mother of God is, in any case, always a major point of reference.
In this sense I commend myself to the communion of saints.
With them, strengthened by them, I then talk with the dear Lord also, begging, for the most part, but also in thanksgiving--or quite simply being joyful.