St. Thomas Aquinas
Born: c. 1225 CE
Died: March 7, 1274 CE
Feast day: January 28
Patron saint of: academics, against storms, theologians, philosophers, scholars, students
St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most famous saints of the church. A prolific author, an erudite theologian, and a Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the most influential thinkers in the entire Western tradition. His works have permeated philosophy, theology, literature, ethics, law, and beyond. There is no overstating his importance to our Catholic tradition, or his relevance to spirituality today. St. Thomas Aquinas used the vastness of his intellect to explore the big, sometimes complicated questions of our faith and our world, and for many he made working toward the answers a bit more accessible. When we find ourselves daunted by the overwhelming nature of the universe and the questions of life, we can look toward St. Thomas for an advocate who has grappled with the same.
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