St Thomas, son of the Count of Aquino and of Theodora of Naples, he was at the age of five committed to the care of the Benedictine monks of Monte Cassino.
As a young man he determined, in spite of family opposition, to enter the Order of St. Dominic, whose greatest glory he is. On this occasion he so completely conquered the demon of impurity that from, that time he was exempt from all temptation. His intelligence aided by a supernatural light henceforth sounded the depths of divine mysteries (Introit). Wherefore the Church, comparing him to the spirits of the blessed as much for his innocence as for his genius; awarded him the title of “Angelic Doctor”.
“A light of the world” (Gospel), his teaching is such a faithful echo of the “words of true doctrine” of Christ (Epistle), that the Council of Trent placed the Theological Summa next to the Bible in the hall of session. He died in the Cistercian monastery of Fossa Nuova in Campania on his way to the Council of Lyons, March 7th, 1274. Continue Reading