Saint Thomas Aquinas


Saint Thomas Aquinas


As the pupil of the scholastic teacher Albertus Magnus (Albert the Great) in Paris, Aquinas made a poor impression on his fellow students, who nicknamed him “the dumb ox.” Albertus summoned him to a private interview at which they discussed all the subjects in the university curriculum. At the next lecture the master announced: “You call your brother Thomas a dumb ox; let me tell you that one day the whole world will listen to his bellowings.”


To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.

~Saint Thomas Aquinas

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Biographical Note: 

Saint Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican theologian and scholastic philosopher. He wrote voluminously, his best-known works being the Summa contra gentiles (1259–64) and the Summa theologiae (1265–73). He aimed to reconcile human reason and Christian faith, and his arguments for the existence of God have exercised theologians and philosophers for many centuries. As a Doctor of the Church, he was given the sobriquet "the Angelic Doctor" (Doctor Angelicus), and was canonized in 1323.