St. Thomas Aquinas

Dates: ca. 1225–1275
Feast: Jan. 28
Image Source: © Cecilia Lawrence

Thomas’ wealthy family wanted him to become a powerful abbot, but Thomas wanted only to be a humble Dominican friar. He had a brilliant mind, but he was so wary of showing off that some of his fellow students thought he was unintelligent.
Thomas became the Church’s greatest theologian. Still, at the end of his life, he said that everything he had written was “only straw” compared to God’s greatness.