Saint for the Day - March 7 - St. Thomas Aquinas
St. Thomas was born of
noble parents at Aquino in Italy, in 1226. At the
age of nineteen he received the Dominican habit at
Naples, where he was studying. Seized by his
brothers on his way to Paris, he suffered a two
years’ captivity in their castle of Rocca-Secca; but
neither the caresses of his mother and sisters, nor
the threats and stratagems of his brothers, could
shake him in his vocation.
While St. Thomas was in confinement at Rocca-Secca,
his brothers endeavored to entrap him into sin, but
the attempt only ended in the triumph of his purity.
Snatching from the hearth a burning brand, the Saint
drove from his chamber the wretched creature whom
they had there concealed. Then marking a cross upon
the wall, he knelt down to pray, and forthwith,
being rapt in ecstasy, an angel girded him with a
cord, in token of the gift of perpetual chastity
which God had given him. The pain caused by the
girdle was so sharp that St. Thomas uttered a
piercing cry, which brought his guards into the
room. But he never told this grace to any one save
only to Father Raynald, his confessor, a little
while before his death. Hence originated the
Confraternity of the "Angelic Warfare," for the
preservation of the virtue of chastity.
Having at length escaped, St. Thomas went to Cologne
to study under Blessed Albert the Great, and after
that to Paris, where for many years he taught
philosophy and theology. The Church has ever
venerated his numerous writings as a treasure-house
of sacred doctrine; while in naming him the Angelic
Doctor she has indicated that his science is more
divine than human. The rarest gifts of intellect
were combined in him with tender piety. Prayer, he
said, had taught him more than study. His singular
devotion to the Blessed Sacrament shines forth in
the Office and hymns for Corpus Christi, which he
composed. To the words miraculously uttered by a
crucifix at Naples, "Well hast thou written
concerning Me, Thomas. What shall I give thee as a
reward?" he replied, "Naught save Thyself, O Lord."
He died at Fossa-Nuova, 1274, on his way to the
General Council of Lyons, to which Pope Gregory X.
had summoned him.
Saint for the Day - St. Thomas Aquinas
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The knowledge of God is for all,
but hidden treasures are
reserved for those who have ever
followed the Lamb.
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