Jan. 28, 2017 (Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas)

Thomas Aquinas is the patron of Catholic schools. Born in 1225, he was brilliant but because he was quiet and a very large boy, his classmates called him, “the dumb ox.” He studied under Albertus Magnus and wrote extensively. After a religious experience he declared that all he wrote was straw when compared to the mystery of God. His greatest work is the Summa Theologica which contains all his thought on all the Christian Mysteries. He also wrote the Office for a new Solemnity, Corpus Christi, and every Benediction we sing his hymns like the “O, Salutaris,” and the “Tantum Ergo.” He died on the way to the Council of Lyons at the age of 49. He is called the “angelic doctor.”

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