January 1 - 30, 2016
forbade him in the name of God to reveal the thing during his lifetime. Finally, Thomas confessed that the apostles Peter and Paul had come to instruct him.
The Angelic Warfare Confraternity
After the death of St. Thomas Aquinas, some people began to imitate him by wearing a cord blessed in his honor, and praying for his intercession to help them live purely. This devotion proved so helpful to living chastely that word spread about the grace that comes from wearing a blessed cord and praying to St. Thomas. By the sixteenth century, there were so many people practicing this devotion that the Dominican Friars organized them into an official Confraternity. A Confraternity is a supernatural fellowship between people who make a sacred pact to pursue some good together as a team or as a brotherhood. We make this pact because some goods are easier to pursue together rather than alone. The Angelic Warfare Confraternity is group of people bound to one another in love, and dedicated to pursuing chastity together under the powerful patronage and help and St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Confraternity officially began in 1649 when Fr. Francis Deurwerders, O.P. drew up Statutes of the Militia Angelica Divi S. Thomas Aquinatis. In 1727, Pope Benedict XIII approved it as an apostolic Confraternity under the direction of the Dominicans, and endowed the Confraternity with many indulgences to encourage people to join. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Blessed Colomba, Blessed Stephana, and Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati belonged to the Confraternity, and testified to experiencing many graces of purity and chastity from it. In 1923, Pope Pius XI wrote Studiorem Ducem, his encyclical on Thomas Aquinas. Pius XI declared St. Thomas as patron of all Catholic schools, colleges, and universities. The Pope also strongly urged membership in the Angelic Warfare Confraternity as a special help in the battle for chastity and purity. Pius XI wrote: “If St. Thomas had not been victorious when his chastity was in peril; it is very probable that the Church would never have had her Angelic Doctor.”