Thursday, January 28, 2010

St. Thomas Aquinas

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, "the Angelic Doctor"a giant in the Church's history with regards to theology. His writings were so profound that at the Council of Trent, the Fathers of Trent [1545-1563] made it part of the order of conclave to lay upon the altar, together with sacred Scripture and the decrees of the supreme Pontiffs, the Summa of Thomas Aquinas, whence to seek counsel, reason, and inspiration. I am not qualified nor would take the time to write a summary of his writings,which were quite extensive, his greatest work being the Summa Thelogica or Sum of Theology which is a compliation of all the theological teachings at that time and is brilliantly detailed in a philosophical treatise, step by step. St. Thomas Aquinas expanded on the work of Aristotle to demonstrate how Christ is the central truth of the cosmos. He is debated and discussed even to this day, with a school of philosophy based on his works known as Thomism. He brought Catholicism to its rightful place as the greatest science and paved the way to much great theological work.