By Devon Stamp
About his Life
"Before St. Thomas Aquinas was born, a holy hermit shared a prediction with his mother, foretelling that her son would enter the Order of Friars Preachers, become a great learner and achieve unequaled sanctity." Biography.com
Birth= 1225 AD, Born in Italy
Had eight siblings and was the youngest
5 years of age: Thomas was sent to the Abbey of Monte Cassino, to train among Benedictine monks. It is said that he repeated the question "What is God?" He remained at the monastery till the age of 13, when the political climate forced him back to Naples.
He completed his primary education for the next five years in a Benedictine house in Naples.There he studied Aristotle's work.
Theology & Philosophy
"St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the existence of God could be proven in five ways, mainly by: 1) observing movement in the world as proof of God, the "Immovable Motor"; 2) observing cause and effect and identifying God as the cause of everything; 3) concluding that the impermanent nature of beings proves the existence of a necessary being, God, who originates only from within himself; 4) noticing varying levels of human perfection and determining that a supreme, perfect being must therefore exist; and 5) knowing that natural beings could not have intelligence without it being granted to them it by God. Subsequent to defending people's ability to naturally perceive proof of God, Thomas also tackled the challenge of protecting God's image as an all-powerful being." Biography.com
After completing his education, he devoted himself to a life of traveling, writing, teaching, public speaking and preaching.
He had close to 60 known works,from short to long.
"During the Feast of St. Nicolas in 1273, St. Thomas Aquinas had a mystical vision that made writing seem unimportant to him. At mass, he reportedly heard a voice coming from a crucifix that said, "Thou hast written well of me, Thomas; what reward wilt thou have?" to which St. Thomas Aquinas replied, "None other than thyself, Lord."" Biography.com
Died March 7, 1274