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An Exhibit commemorating two Augustinian Saints
Villanova University, Falvey Memorial Library, August 15-September 30, 2005
Conciones Sacrae. Alcalá de Henares: Ferdinandus Ramirez, 1581 (Special Collections)
This edition of 1581, the oldest in Villanova's collection of St. Thomas’s works, is the second edition of his sermons. The original 1572 edition published at Alcalá de Henares was prepared by Pedro Uceda Guerrero, OSA, rector of the Augustinian College there. St. Thomas had left his writings to his friend Juan Mu?atones, OSA, bishop of Segorbe. He in turn gave them to the Order for publication and Fray Uceda Guerrero was appointed as editor.
The title page shows the coat of arms used by St. Thomas. Augustinian elements are seen in the heart pierced by an arrow representing charity or love. The image of the pelican wounding herself to feed her young with her own blood symbolizes complete self-giving.