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St Thomas Aquinas by Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510)
St Thomas Aquinas by Sandro Botticelli (1444-1510)

Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas


St. Thomas Aquinas was born into a wealthy and noble family in Aquino, Italy.  He was the pious and brilliant son of a count, and a lucrative future was planned for him.  When Thomas set off to enter the newly founded Dominican order to be a poor mendicant friar, his mother held him prisoner in the family castle in order to dissuade him.  His brothers tried to destroy his purity, and thus his vocation, by tempting him with a prostitute.  However Thomas resisted and turned to God for help; as a result, angels were sent to guard and preserve his chastity.  This long ordeal only strengthened his vocation, and eventually he escaped and joined the Dominicans.

St. Thomas was ordained to the priesthood and went on to become a famed professor and prolific writer.  His works remain immensely influential in philosophy and theology, the most famous being his Summa Theologica, and multiple popes have upheld him as the model of a systematic Catholic education.  St. Thomas Aquinas is the foremost Doctor of the Catholic Church, known as the “Angelic Doctor” for his purity of mind and body, and remarkable intelligence.

St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron of schools and universities, students, philosophers, theologians, apologists, academics, and chastity. His feast day is January 28.

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Jan. 28 - St. Thomas Aquinas

To one who has faith no explanation is necessary. To one without faith no explanation is possible.”

Saint Thomas Aquinas
Temptation of St. Thomas by Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)
Temptation of St. Thomas by Diego Velazquez (1599-1660)

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope
The Apotheosis of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Francisco de Zurbaran

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelic Doctor, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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