Thomas Aquinas

I can no longer write, for God has given me
such glorious knowledge that all contained
in my works are as straw

Born in 1225 between Rome and Naples; at an early age, he had a love of meditation and solitude. Against his family, he became a Dominican novice. They had him kidnapped in an effort to make him change his mind. For two years Thomas did not relent. He was allowed to escape, he then went to the University of Paris where he studied Aristotle and theology. He had many mystical experiences in his life in which he became so absorbed that he was unconscious of the world around him. He was a prolific writer and wrote over 100 works. He passed in 1274 at the age of forty-nine.

poems of Thomas Aquinas

How is it they live for eons in such harmony - the billions of stars when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their mind against someone they know. There are wars where no on marches with a flag, though that does not keep casualties from mounting. Our hearts irrigate the earth. We are fields before each other. How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. "Ask anything." My Lord said to me. And my mind and heart thought deeply for a second, then replied just one word, "When?" God's arms then opened up and I entered Myself. I entered myself when I entered Christ. And having learned compassion I allowed my soul to stay. O Lord my God, make me submissive without protest, poor without discouragement, chaste without regret, patient without complaint, humble without posturing, cheerful without frivolity, mature without gloom, and quick-witted without flippancy Grant that I may know what You require me to do. Bestow upon me the power to accomplish Your will, as is necessary and fitting for the salvation of my soul.

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