Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas
January 28, 2010
Today the Liturgical Calendar invites us to honor Saint Thomas Aquinas. As a child, young Thomas was educated by the Benedictines in the Abbey School at Monte Cassino.
The monks, recognizing Thomas’ ability, urged his parents to send him to the University of Naples for advanced studies.
It was there that Thomas understood that God was calling him to a life of prayer, study and teaching as a member of the Order of Preachers founded by the Spanish nobleman, Dominic de Guzman.
Against the strong objections of his family, young Thomas entered the Dominicans and went on to teach at Paris, Cologne, Naples, Orvieto and Rome.
As he grew in holiness, this observant Dominican friar and gifted teacher received mystical vision and had a number of conversations with Christianity.
These experiences had such a profound effect on the “Angelic Doctor” that Thomas declared: “These visions and conversations have revealed to me that all I have written now appears to be of little value.”
The Servant of God, John Paul II, in his Encyclical Letter, Fides et Ratio, wrote this of Saint Thomas:
Although he made much of the supernatural character of Faith, the Angelic Doctor did not overlook the importance of its reasonableness…This is why the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St. Thomas as a master of thought and a model of the right way to do theology.
May Saint Thomas who was a model of humility, silence, prudence, discretion, intellectual rigor and personal holiness remind us teachers and students that in the Person of Christianity is to be found Truth Itself while remembering that “love takes up where knowledge leaves off.” (Summa Theologics II.II, 27, 4).