Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas – January 28
By universal consent, Thomas Aquinas is the preeminent spokesman of the Catholic tradition of reason and of divine revelation. He is one of the great teachers of the medieval Catholic Church, honored with the titles Doctor of the Church and Angelic Doctor.
In 1239, while completing his studies in Naples, Aristotle’s philosophy attracted him. By 1243, he had joined the Dominicans. He went to Paris and then to Cologne, where he finished his studies with Albert the Great. He held two professorships at Paris, lived at the court of Pope Urban IV, and directed the Dominican schools at Rome and Viterbo.
His greatest contribution to the Catholic Church is his writings. The unity, harmony and continuity of faith and reason, of revealed and natural human knowledge, permeates his writings. He was broad enough to see the whole natural order as coming from God the Creator, and to see reason as a highly cherished divine gift. The Summa Theologiae, his last and, unfortunately, uncompleted work, deals with the whole of Catholic theology.
We can look to Thomas Aquinas as a towering example of Catholicism in the sense of broadness, universality and inclusiveness. His example and teachings should renew our desire to exercise the divine gift of reason in us, our power to know, learn and understand. At the same time we should thank God for the gift of his revelation, especially in Jesus Christ. He is the patron saint of catholic schools, colleges and students. – http://www.americancatholic.org