Saint of the Day: Thomas Aquinas
b. 1225, d. 1274, Italian
Dominican friar, Doctor of the Church, Angelic Doctor, professor in Paris, headed two Dominican schools in Italy, writer
patron saint of Catholic schools, colleges, schools, and students
The things that we love tell us what we are.
In school, other students called him “the dumb ox,” because he was big and did not talk much. Today he is considered one of the greatest thinkers and writers in Church history. His intellectual powers were so great, he could dictate to four secretaries at the same time.
Known for his writings about faith and reason; Thomas saw that truth is one, that there is no conflict between the truths of science and the truths of God. Faith and reason exist in harmony and both come from God. Aquinas left his greatest and largest work, the Summa Theologica, incomplete after having a revelation of God. He explained
All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.
A Scene Toward the End of His Life
Thomas, kneeling in prayer before the crucifix, asking if what he had written on the mysteries of Christianity was correct.
Crucified Jesus: You have written well of me, Thomas. What reward would you have?
Thomas: Nothing but you, Lord.
Prayer of Saint Thomas
Give me, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;
give me an unconquered heart, which no tribulation may wear out;
give me an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon me also O Lord, my God, understanding to know You, diligence to seek You, wisdom to find You, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace Thee through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
About St Thomas
- Read bio at American Catholic
- Read bio at EWTN
- Watch Robert Baron clips on Aquinas
Writings of St Thomas
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
- Entire Summa Theologica (CCEL)
- Article II. Summa: Whether the existence of God is demonstrable (Fordham University)
- Of God and His Creatures (CCEL)
- Prayer for ordering a life wisely
If then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.