December 7, 2021

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas was a thirteenth-century scholar who became one of the greatest theologians of all time.  He was dictating the third volume of his great Summa Theologica when he abruptly ceased work on December 6, 1273.  While saying mass at the feast of Saint Nickolas, he either heard a voice or saw a vision that changed his whole outlook. "Such things have been revealed to me that all that I have written seems to me as so much straw," he is supposed to have said, and he refused to write any more. Three months later he died.     -- Dan Graves, Christian History Institute