Thomas Aquinas

My Sacred Space reader tells me that today is the feast day of St Thomas Aquinas. In looking him up online I am reminded that he thought heretics should be put to death and would be forever separated from God. He also believed that women were intellectually inferior to men and should therefore be subject to them. He further believed that physical “correction” of children and slaves was necessary. No wonder then that modern theologians and philosophers have difficulty in reconciling his position, though to be fair, to even attempt to understand him we have to try to enter into the mindset of 13th century Europe.

However…….it does beg the question, what use are feast days for people who may have had sincere views when in fact they were so downright bigoted? Still – Butler’s Lives of the Saints tells us that in 1272 he was celebrating Mass when he received a revelation that affected him so much that he wrote nothing more. He is supposed to have said “The end of my labours is come. All that I have written appears to be as so much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.”

Aha! He came to God’s senses after all.

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2 Responses to Thomas Aquinas

  1. Grant me, O Lord my God,
    a mind to know you,
    a heart to seek you,
    wisdom to find you,
    conduct pleasing to you,
    faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
    and a hope of finally embracing you.

    (Oh, and remember, I invented Corpus Christi!)

  2. Freda says:

    Thank you Thomas! I like your prayer, and presume that you did indeed learn as you waited to final embrace God. As to Corpus Christi…….well, rose-petals say it all. Freda

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