St. Thomas Aquinas
Feast Day: January 28
Thomas’ classmates thought he was dumb. Why? Because he took so long to answer the teacher’s questions. But Thomas needed time to organize his thoughts!
Thomas was born in Italy in 1225. When he grew up, he organized his thoughts about God into a wonderful book—the Summa Theologicae. The Church still uses this book to teach people about God.
When Thomas was 19, he became a Dominican priest. Then he went to Paris to teach. He taught his students to thank God for their minds and for their faith. He taught them to thank God for all the wonderful writers and thinkers from the past. He taught them to find God’s beauty in creation.
Thomas was a fine teacher. He was kind and patient with his students. He did not care how long students needed to think about his questions. All he cared about is that students found God’s love and lived their faith.
Thomas was also a great songwriter. He wrote the liturgy and the hymns for the feast of Corpus Christi. (The words Corpus Christi mean “the body of Christ.”) His hymns help us thank God for the gift of the Eucharist.
Thomas was a simple man who thought great thoughts. He was a humble man who knew that God had given him great gifts. He used these gifts for the good of the Church.
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