Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students. His feast day is January 28th. He was born in the year 1226. He was the son of Landulph, Count of Aquino, who, when St. Thomas was five years old, placed him under the care of the Benedictines of Monte Casino. His teachers were surprised at the progress he made, for he surpassed all his fellow pupils in learning as well as in the practice of virtue.
When he became of age to choose his state of life, St. Thomas renounced the things of this world and resolved to enter the Order of St. Dominic in spite of the opposition of his family. In 1243, at the age of seventeen, he joined the Dominicans of Naples. Some members of his family resorted to all manner of means over a two year period to break his constancy. They even went so far as to send an impure woman to tempt him. But all their efforts were in vain and St. Thomas persevered in his vocation. As a reward for his fidelity, God conferred upon him the gift of perfect chastity, which has merited for him the title of the “Angelic Doctor”.
After making his profession at Naples, he studied at Cologne under the celebrated St. Albert the Great. Here he was nicknamed the “dumb ox” because of his silent ways and huge size, but he was really a brilliant student. At the age of twenty-two, he was appointed to teach in the same city. At the same time, he also began to publish his first works. After four years he was sent to Paris. The saint was then a priest. At the age of thirty-one, he received his doctorate.
At Paris he was honored with the friendship of the King, St. Louis, with whom he frequently dined. In 1261, Urban IV called him to Rome where he was appointed to teach, but he positively declined to accept any ecclesiastical dignity. St. Thomas not only wrote (his writings filled twenty hefty tomes characterized by brilliance of thought and lucidity of language), but he preached often and with greatest fruit. Clement IV offered him the archbishopric of Naples which he also refused. He left the great monument of his learning, the “Summa Theologica”, unfinished, for on his way to the second Council of Lyons, ordered there by Gregory X, he fell sick and died at the Cistercian monastery of Fossa Nuova in 1274.
St. Thomas was one of the greatest and most influential theologians of all time. He was canonized in 1323 and declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius V.
St. Thomas Aquinas was a great Saint. May he keep interceding for us.
The ‘Angelic Doctor’ .. Great one. Pray for me to be filled with wisdom like you amen
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Saint Thomas Aquinas, Pray for me to rejeat the world for Christ as U did.
São Tomaz de Aquino, ore por nos pecadores e dirija a minha vida. Olhe também pelos doentes e desempregados. Amém
St. Thomas Aquinas, help us to be fervent Christians.
St.Thomas greatest doctor of our church guide us ,protect the unity and constancy of our belief and pray for us to remain one,holy ,catholic and apostolic church amen
St.Thomas great Doctor of the Catholic Church you have taught us well and dwell within its universities as the greatest teacher keep us to remain today in this year of 2017 to be one,holy,catholic and apostolic church forever.
St. Thomas help me learn the ways of your teachings,help me on my intellect. please Lord let it be you will not mine.
Great St Thomas Aquinas! Through your intercession, may I be filled with Wisdom and strong Faith to discern the ways of the Lord as you did. May the thought and deeds of holiness be my focus in my daily life. Amen!!
O Angelic Doctor St. Thomas, prince of theologians and model of philosophers, bright ornament of the Christian world and light of the Church; O heavenly patron of all Catholic schools, who didst learn wisdom without guile and dost communicate it without envy, intercede for us with the Son of God, Wisdom itself, that the spirit of wisdom may descend upon us, and enable us to understand clearly that which thou hast taught, and fulfill it by imitating thy deeds; to become partakers of that doctrine and virtue which caused thee to shine like the sun on earth; and at last to rejoice with thee forever in their most sweet fruits in heaven, together praising the Divine Wisdom for all eternity. Amen.
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church, patron of all universities and of students — pray for us.
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Saint Thomas Aquinas pray for us we humbly beg aide us in our daily lives we pray amen