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Commenting on today’s Gospel (Jn 10:1-10), Thomas refers to an unknown author’s remarks on the words, “he will go in an out and find pasture” (Jn 10:9): “Here it is said that such a one will go in, that is, the saints will go in to contemplate the divinity of Christ, and out, to consider the humanity; and they will find pasture in both, because in both they will taste the joys of contemplation…” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Commentary on the Gospel of St. John, Part II, trans. James A. Weisheipl, O.P. and Fabian Larcher, O.P. (Petersham, MA: St. Bede Publications), 123.)
St. Catherine writes to Pope Gregory XI, encouraging him to be a shepherd as Jesus the Good Shepherd:
“Because he loves himself without God, He does not follow the gentle Jesus, the true shepherd, who gave His life for His little sheep…. I hope through the goodness of God, my venerable father that you will extinguish this in yourself, and you will not love yourself for yourself nor your neighbor nor God for yourself, but you will love Him because He is the supreme eternal Goodness and worthy of being loved, and you [will love yourself] and your neighbor for the praise and glory of the sweet name of Jesus. I wish that you be that true and good shepherd, who if you had a hundred thousand lives, would dispose yourself to give them all for the honor of God and the salvation of people” (Letter T185).