St. Thomas Aquinas, O.P.
St. Thomas Aquinas was born in a wealthy family in southern Italy. After an early education with the Benedictines of Monte Cassino, Thomas attended the University of Naples where he first encountered the Friars Preachers founded by St. Dominic. Despite the objections of his family, who wanted him to pursue a more traditional mode of life than that offered by the new mendicant preachers, Thomas became a Dominican friar and devoted his life to teaching theology at the major universities and academic centers of Europe. His most famous work in the Summa theologiae, a synthesis of the Christian faith which draws together biblical texts, early Christian writings, and the philosophical reasoning of Aristotle and Plato. St. Thomas Aquinas is often depicted with a sun upon his chest, symbolizing the splendor of his teaching which has shed light of the faith for hundreds of years as Christians have sought with his aid to come to a more profound understanding of the living God. Thomas Aquinas is a tremendous example of offering our lives to the service of the truth, listening attentively to the Lord who is truth himself.
Pray for his Intercession
O God, who made Saint Thomas Aquinas outstanding in
his zeal for holiness
and his study of sacred doctrine, grant us, we pray,
that we may understand what he taught and imitate what he accomplished.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.