known as Angelic Doctor ,Doctor Angelicus ,Doctor Communis ,Great Synthesizer,
The Dumb Ox ,The Universal Teacher
Memorial 28 January
Son of the Count of Aquino, born in the family castle in Lombardy near Naples.
Educated by Benedictine monks at Monte Cassino, and at the University of Naples.
He secretly joined the mendicant Dominican friars in 1244. His noble family kidnapped
and imprisoned him for a year to keep him out of sight, and deprogram him, but
he rejoined his order in 1245. He studied in Paris from 1245-1248 under Saint
Albert the Great, then accompanied Albertus to Cologne. Ordained in 1250, then
returned to Paris to teach. Taught theology at University of Paris. He wrote defenses
of the mendicant orders, commentaries on Aristotle and Lombard's Sentences, and
some bible-related works, usually by dictating to secretaries. He won his doctorate,
and taught in several Italian cities.
Recalled by king and
university to Paris in 1269, then recalled to Naples in 1272 where he was appointed
regent of studies while working on the Summa Theologica. On 6 December 1273 he
experienced a divine revelation which so enraptured him that he abandoned the
Summa, saying that it and his other writing were so much straw in the wind compared
to the reality of the divine glory. He died four months later while en route to
the Council of Lyons, overweight and with his health broken by overwork. His works
have been seminal to the thinking of the Church ever since. They systematized
her great thoughts and teaching, and combined Greek wisdom and scholarship methods
with the truth of Christianity. Pope Leo VIII commanded that his teachings be
studied by all theology students.
He was proclaimed Doctor
of the Church in 1567.
Born c.1225 at Roccasecca, Aquino,
Died 7 March 1274 at Fossanuova near Terracina
of apparent natural causes relics interred at Saint-Servin, Toulouse, France relics
translated to the Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse on 22 October 1974
Patronage academics, against storms, against
lightning ,apologists, Belcastro, Italy book sellers, Catholic academies ,Catholic
schools, Catholic universities, chastity ,colleges, Falerna, Italy learning, lightning
,pencil makers ,philosophers, publishers, scholars, schools students ,theologians
Representation chalice ,monstrance, ox, star, sun,
teacher with pagan philosophers at his feet teaching
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