- NAME: St. Thomas Aquinas
- OCCUPATION: Philosopher, Priest, Saint, Theologian
- BIRTH DATE: c. 1225
- DEATH DATE: March 07, 1274
- EDUCATION: University of Naples
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Roccasecca, Italy
- PLACE OF DEATH: Fossanova, Italy
- AKA: Saint Thomas Aquinas
- Nickname: "The Universal Teacher"
- Nickname: "The Christian Apostle"
- AKA: Thomas Aquinas
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Italian Dominican theologian St. Thomas Aquinas was one of the most influential medieval thinkers of Scholasticism and the father of the Thomistic school of theology.
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Thomas Aquinas replied, "None other than thyself, Lord."
When St. Thomas Aquinas's confessor, Father Reginald of Piperno, urged him to keep writing, he replied, "I can do no more. Such secrets have been revealed to me that all I have written now appears to be of little value." St. Thomas Aquinas never wrote again.
In January 1274, St. Thomas Aquinas embarked on a trip to Lyon, France, on foot to serve on the Second Council, but never made it there. Along the way,
he fell ill at the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova, Italy. The monks wanted St. Thomas Aquinas to stay at the castle, but, sensing that his death was near, Thomas preferred to remain at the monastery, saying, "If the Lord wishes to take me away, it is better that I be found in a religious house than in the dwelling of a layperson."
On his deathbed, St. Thomas Aquinas uttered his last words to the Cistercian monks who had so graciously attended him: "This is my rest forever and ever: Here will I dwell for I have chosen it." (Psalm 131:14) Often called "The Universal Teacher," St. Thomas Aquinas died at the monastery of Fossanova on March 7, 1274. He canonized by Pope John XXII in 1323.
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