Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, a Doctor of the Church. He's the author of the Summa Theologiae, and is especially noted for harmonizing faith and reason, while maintaining a distinction between the two. His Summa, while intended to be a manual for students, became the most complex and enlightened treatise on theology ever attempted.
(In the presentation below, you'll find biographies of several influential priests. Click on a picture to find out more: St. Thomas is the second one in the top row.)
St. Thomas (1225-74) is a 'Dominican, Doctor of the Church, and one of the greatest theologians
and philosophers in the history of the Church. He was born at
Roccasecca, Italy, to a noble Italian family; his father was Count
Landulf of Aquino — a relative of the Holy Roman Emperor and the king of
France — and his mother was Theodora of Teano. At the age of five,
Thomas entered the Benedictine Order at Monte Cassino as an Oblate...' Click here to read more from OSV's Encyclopedia of Saints about this amazing Catholic and example for us all during this Year of Faith.
You might also enjoy reading this blog post from the 'My Year of Faith' blog, 'For the Love of Books!'.
And our friends at NewAdvent have the Summa online (you can also order on CD). Click here.