Studiousness is seeking knowledge to grow closer to Truth .
Saint of the Month: Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Feast Day: January 28th
Patron: Academics; against storms; against lightning; apologists; book sellers; Catholic academies, schools, and universities; chastity; learning; pencil makers; philosophers; publishers; scholars; students; and theologians
Canonized: July 18, 1323
Thomas was most probably born in Italy c. 1225. At the age of nineteen Thomas resolved to join the recently founded Dominican Order. His family did not want him to become a poor Dominican so he was captured by his brothers and held prisoner for almost one year in the family castles at Monte San Giovanni and Roccasecca in an attempt to prevent him from assuming the Dominican habit.
Because Thomas was quiet and didn't speak much, some of his fellow students thought he was slow and called him a dumb ox. Thomas taught in Cologne as an apprentice professor, instructing students on the books of the Old Testament and writing. In 1252 he returned to Paris to study for the master's degree in theology. He lectured on the Bible as an apprentice professor. n February 1265 the newly elected Pope Clement IV summoned Thomas to Rome to serve as papal theologian.
In 1567, Pope Pius proclaimed St. Thomas Aquinas a Doctor of the Church.
Pope Leo XIII stated that Thomas Aquinas's theology was a definitive exposition of Catholic doctrine. Thus, he directed the clergy to take the teachings of Thomas as the basis of their theological positions. Leo XIII also decreed that all Catholic seminaries and universities must teach Thomas's doctrines, and where Thomas did not speak on a topic, the teachers were "urged to teach conclusions that were reconcilable with his thinking." In 1880, Saint Thomas Aquinas was declared patron of all Catholic educational establishments.
Students' Prayer by Saint Thomas Aquinas:
Creator of all things,
true source of light and wisdom,
origin of all being,
graciously let a ray of your light penetrate
the darkness of my understanding.
Take from me the double darkness
in which I have been born,
an obscurity of sin and ignorance.
Give me a keen understanding,
a retentive memory, and
the ability to grasp things
correctly and fundamentally.
Grant me the talent
of being exact in my explanations
and the ability to express myself
with thoroughness and charm.
Point out the beginning,
direct the progress,
and help in the completion.
I ask this through Christ our Lord.