Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Timeless Teacher

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Perhaps the most famous Doctor of the Church, St. Thomas Aquinas, has his feast day today, January 28. He was arguably the most influential Church Doctor as well, being the author of the world famous, deeply studied (for many centuries) Summa Theologica. The well-known "Five Ways," or arguments to prove the existence of God, occupy less than two pages of that 3,000-plus page document. Now, that's getting to the point on an important topic.

Thomas lived nearly 800 years ago, but it seems he was capable of a witty quip or two that can be appreciated today. Genius, good humor, and holiness are quite a combination. No wonder his influence has stood the test of time.