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THE OX WAS AN ANGEL
by a Holy Cross Brother, this biography of St. Thomas Aquinas is the story
of a humble man who dedicated his life to God. Even before he was
born, Thomas’ mother promised that if she bore a son he would be dedicated
to God. Thomas was born in 1224, a third son for his parents.
He was given a good education and in time decided to join the Dominicans.
Instead of this pleasing his mother, it greatly displeased her because
she saw her son as a future pope and did not wish for him to be a poor
Dominican. She thought he should be Benedictine, which would bring
greater prestige to the family name. So determined was she that she
had his brothers kidnap Thomas and imprison him in the family home.
But, rather than concede to his mother’s wishes, Thomas coverts his sisters
to his cause and eventually is returned to his life as a Dominican.
Now, what Thomas loved most after God was knowledge. At the University
of Paris he was so quiet and studious that fellow students thought him
to be stupid and started calling him the dumb ox. It was not long,
however, before his brilliance came out. Thomas lived in a time when
men reveled in knowledge and explored new ideas. Thomas became famous
as a philosopher, but remained humble. Follow his example in your
quest for knowledge. To quote another famous theologian, Bishop Sheen,
“…for the complete development of the mind, there must be serious and intelligent
reading not just reading. …Reading civilizes conduct and keeps it
from becoming barbarous.” (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross
of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
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