A great philosopher and theologian, esteemed by many as the greatest Doctor of the Church and the “Universal Teacher of the Church,” Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 74) devoted his life to teaching, preaching, and writing. Born in Rocca Secca, Italy, Thomas was both saint and genius. His writings are recognized as milestones in the history of human thought, and his Commentary on the Gospels and Summa Theologica, among the most important of all theological works, are studied in seminaries throughout the world. Unafraid to investigate faith by powers of reason, he recognized that faith is not an enemy of reason but a type of knowledge that strives for deeper understanding and ultimately wisdom. Toward the end of his life, while praying before a crucifix, Thomas heard a voice asking what reward he wanted for his labors. His reply: “None but yourself, O Lord.” He is the patron saint of Catholic universities, colleges, academies, and schools.
The above excerpt is from Reflections of Dominican Spirituality: The Windows of St. Dominic Church, Washington, D.C. by Dr. Mary Moran.