Thursday, January 28, 2010

Feast Day: St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas, LegoManiac's patron saint, is a doctor of the Church and was (from all reports) an amazingly intelligent but humble man.  The prayer above is titled, "A Student's Prayer", and we will be reciting this prayer every morning for the rest of the school year.  Isn't it beautiful?  (There is a different prayer-card at the end of this post with another prayer of St. Thomas).

St. Thomas Aquinas, probably best known for his Summa Theologica (or for those of us not quite as intellectual, I like this version by Peter Kreeft), was born into a noble Italian family. He joined the Dominicans and was a student of St. Albert the Great.  He later became a philosophy and theology teacher at the University of Paris and spent much of his life working on the Summa.  He was known as a gentle teacher who believed faith and reason when used wisely together would enable all humanity to know and love God as the angels. He believed that reason itself wouldn't allow us to know God intimately.
After experiencing a divine revelation he abandoned the Summa, saying that it was nothing compared to the true Glory of God. He died a few months later. St. Thomas Aqunias was proclaimed a Doctor of the Catholic Church, receiving the nickname "Angelic Doctor".

A wonderful retelling of his life is the Louis deWohl novel, The Quiet Light

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of all students, please pray for us!

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