Thomas Aquinas

Excerpt from Chapter 12 of Christ’s Faithful Servants, copyright 2023

. . . Thomas the Man. Thomas was a very humble man who sought neither riches nor honors—he turned down positions as Abbot of Monte Cassino and Archbishop of Naples. Although he was a very large man, he was calm and gentle. His piety, generosity, and compassion for the poor were well known. He prayed often, attended mass each day, and preached frequently. His remaining hours seem to have been filled with thought, study, and writing, although he occasionally composed hymns and orders of worship for church services.

Once while dining with other clergymen at the table of King Louis IX of France, Thomas was quietly thoughtful until he suddenly exclaimed, “That is the decisive argument against the Manicheans!”[1] Fortunately, Louis IX was a pious and understanding monarch. He summoned a clerk so Thomas’ thoughts could be written down before they were forgotten.

Thomas’ writings directly confronted and aggressively challenged the arguments of Christianity’s opponents. At a time when many had begun to question their Christian faith, Thomas provided convincing arguments to help win back the faithful and convert many skeptics. . . .

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[1]. I discuss Manicheism in endnote 4 of Chapter 3.