A shelf in Dr. Matt Ramage’s office holds a memento from time spent studying in India, a keepsake noting a miracle performed. Our Lady of Vailankanni commonly gets referred to as “the Lourdes of the East.”

Ramage would travel the country for 17 days, a trek of constant discovery, and he arrived in one church on the Feast Day of Corpus Christi. There, the priest cited in his homily the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century friar and philosopher of which the scholar has made an academic specialty.

Ken Newton can be reached at ken.newton@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SJNPNewton.

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