Saturday, January 28, 2006

The Angelic Doctor

Thomas the Apostle challenged the story that the Lord was risen, and his unbelief brought froth a glowing testimony of the reality of the Resurrection. Twelve centuries later, his namesake, Thomas of Aquino, questioned; without doubting; the great truths of faith, and demonstrated for all time the relationship of faith and reason.

As the first Thomas found by experiment: "Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hands into His side"; that the Man who stood in the midst of them was none other than Jesus Christ, so Thomas, the Angelic Doctor, proved for all time that there is no quarrel between reason and revelation.

Thomas, son of the count of Aquino, (b. 1225-d. 1274) was first trained at the Benedictine abbey of
Montecassino, and here, even in childhood, his great mind was wrestling with theological questions, "Master, tell me--what is God?" In order to better to train the boy's mind, his father sent him at an early age to the University of Naples. There he studied under Peter of Ireland and, undisturbed by the noise and wickedness of the great university city, proceeded rapidly on his quest for God.

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Blogger Carmel said...

Thanks for the link to the rest of the story.
I want to read some of the Church fathers since everybody quotes them and likes them etc. I would be missing out if I do not read!! :)

1:35 PM  
Blogger Carmel said...

assuming he was a Church father *gulp :)

8:03 PM  
Blogger Saint Peter's helpers said...

Carmel, you're welcome. St. Thomas was a great student of the writings of the Church fathers and even wrote his "Cutena Aurea" which (according to New Advent),under the form of a commentary on the Gospels, was really an exhaustive summary of the theological teaching of the greatest of the church fathers. I haven't read all of his works but we can begin by studying his most famous "Summa Theologica".

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