The Church celebrates today the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, the 13th century priest and theologian who showed that the Catholic faith is in harmony with philosophy and all other branches of knowledge. He was adept at both preaching and writing about how both the light of reason and the light of faith come from God. Hence there can be no contradiction between them.
St. Thomas eventually made his way to Paris to study with the theologian later canonized as Saint Albert the Great. St. Thomas’ silent and humble demeanor caused other students to nickname him “the Dumb Ox.” St. Albert, however, discovered that the young man was a brilliant thinker, and proclaimed: “We call him the Dumb Ox, but he will give such a bellow in learning as will be heard all over the world.”
Let us pray. “God our Father, you made St. Thomas Aquinas known for his holiness and learning. Help us to grow in wisdom by his teaching, and in holiness by imitating his faith. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”