Our NSTI Liturgical Customs Page
We at the New Saint Thomas Institute are a global community and an ecclesial movement and we pray and celebrate the saints and liturgical cycle together. On this page, you’ll discover our special memorial days, learn about our special patron saints, and find prayers to them as you study Catholic theology:
Our NSTI Plan of Life
*This are recommendations for all active Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute. These norms are not required, but we do encourage our Members to cultivate a daily plan of life and study.
Norms for Daily Life:
Pray the Morning Offering as soon as your eyelids flip open.
Read the New Testament for 5 minutes daily. Or listen to the New Testament for 5 minutes every day as you drive.
Commit to Mental Prayer for at least 5 minutes per day. Mental Prayer is talking to God about your joys, fears, hopes, plans, and life in general. Set a timer for 5 minutes, get in a quite place, and talk to God. Listen to Him.
Recite the Angelus before lunch. Set timer on your phone for “Angelus” at 11:50am daily.
Do a 1 minute Examination of Conscience on your knees every night before getting in bed using PALEGAS or another similar examen. Finish with the Act of Contrition.
If you are not aware of our NSTI Oxcart charity project, please visit here to learn more about our initiatives as a community.
Norms for Study:
Say: “Saint Thomas Aquinas, pray for us,” before beginning each video or lesson unit.
Get to know our NSTI patron saints (described below) and pray to them for help when you study.
Commit to at least one NSTI video, lesson, post, or podcast per week. Choose a day/time for every week and schedule it.
Our NSTI Patron Saints
Saint Thomas Aquinas. Our chief patron. We encourage all Members to pray “Saint Thomas, pray for us,” before beginning each lesson unit. The New Saint Thomas Institute is named after Saint Thomas Aquinas. In 1880, Saint Thomas Aquinas was declared patron of all Catholic schools and educational establishments. The title Doctor Communis dates to the fourteenth century. His title Doctor Angelicus dates to the fifteenth century. His feast days are January 28 (New Calendar) and March 7 (Old Calendar).
NSTI Prayer to Saint Thomas Aquinas:
Almighty and Merciful God, you are the Prime Mover of all that moves, the infinite Creator of our finite creation, and the Lifegiver of all that lives, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary you chose Saint Thomas Aquinas to be the universal teacher of Catholic doctrine and the silent ox of divine contemplation. Through his intercession enlighten the intellect and heart of every member of the New Saint Thomas Institute and please grant me the favor that I request: ________________, through Christ our Lord.
Our Lady of Guadalupe. The crown on the academic seal of the New Saint Thomas Institute signifies that Our Lady is our Queen and the Seat of Wisdom. Our Immaculate Mother is chief patroness and we honor her under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe because Saint John Paul II declared Our Lady of Guadalupe to be the “Star of the first and New Evangelization” (Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, 1999).
We are the New Saint Thomas Institute, because we are using technology to advance the New Evangelization of both Catholics and non-Catholics throughout the world. The conversion of millions through the visual medium of Saint Juan Diego’s miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is our sign to plant the Gospel throughout the world in new ways, while retaining the ancient and apostolic orthodoxy of Holy Mother Church.
NSTI Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe Exterminatrix:
Our Lady of Guadalupe you are the Exterminatrix of All Heresies and the Woman that crushes the serpent of sin. Sweet Mother, tenderly envelop the Members of the New Saint Thomas Institute, _______, and myself under your blue mantle of mercy. Holy Mother, grant to me a special grace to lead everyone I encounter into the Eucharistic embrace of Your beautiful Son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint Justin the Martyr. Sometime around the year of Christ 130 (nearly 100 years after the Resurrection of Christ), Justin founded the first Catholic school in Rome for students of Catholic philosophy and theology. Saint Justin is our particular patron for NSTI Members studying Catholic Apologetics. The Romans arrested Justin along with his students around the year AD 165. His love for the true philosophy of Christ led Justin and his students to the glorious crown of martyrdom. Saint Justin Martyr demonstrates that faith leads to works. Apologetics isn’t merely a mental exercise, but may include a supernatural vocation to martyrdom.
NSTI Prayer to Saint Justin Martyr:
Almighty and Merciful God, you are the Author of nature and the Teacher of all nations, through the intercession of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, you chose Saint Justin of Rome to become a worthy instructor of the Wisdom of Christ against the folly of false philosophy. As you once chose Justin, so also choose me as a teacher of truth and a defender of the teachings of Christ and His Apostles, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed Alvaro del Portillo. In the early days of extreme growth of the New Saint Thomas Institute, Dr. Marshall realized the need for a special patron saint for the daily administration and operation of the New Saint Thomas Institute, covering web development, email, communications, support, studio filming, editing, and production. Saint Paul identifies the spiritual gift of administration as kubernesis. Blessed Alvaro del Portillo has a reputation for administration and excellence, and he has become our perfect intercessor for the daily work and talented team behind the scenes at the New Saint Thomas Institute.
NSTI Prayer to Blessed Alvaro del Portillo
Providential God, you have ordered the cosmos in perfect arrangement. Through the intercession of Alvaro del Portillo, guide and direct the intentions and work of the New Saint Thomas Institute throughout the world the spiritual edification of the faithful and the conversion of thousands of souls to our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our NSTI Feast Days
January 28: Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas (New Calendar post-1968). Saint Thomas’ remains were transferred to the Church of the Jacobins in Toulouse on January 28, 1369.
March 7: Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas (Old Calendar pre-1968). Saint Thomas died on March 7, 1274 while listening to the Song of Songs.
April 14: Feast of Saint Justin the Martyr, our patron saint for those studying Apologetics. The feast in the Roman Rite was held on April 14 (the day after his martyrdom on April 13), but since this date often fell within Easter, it was moved in the 1968 Roman Rite’s calendar reform to the Byzantine date of June 1.
May 12: Feast of Blessed Alvaro del Portillo, patron saint of the administration and team of the New Saint Thomas Institute.
June 1: Feast of Saint Justin the Martyr, our patron saint for those studying Apologetics. The feast in the Roman Rite was held on April 14 (the day after his martyrdomon April 13), but since this date often fell within Easter, it was moved in the 1968 Roman Rite’s calendar reform to the Byzantine date of June 1.
July 18: Canonization anniversary of Saint Thomas Aquinas. Pope John XXII canonized Thomas Aquinas on July 18 1323, just 59 years after his death.
October 7: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the anniversary of the founding of the New Saint Thomas Institute by Dr. Taylor Marshall on October 7, 2013.
December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization and Patroness of the New Saint Thomas Institute.