READING I: 2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 10-17
RESPONSORIAL: Psalms 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
GOSPEL: Mark 4:35-41
Today is the feast day of one of the great thinkers of the Church. St Thomas was born into a noble family of Aquino about the year 1224AD. He was educated first at Monte Cassino and then at Naples. In 1244 he joined the newly formed order of St Dominic, the Dominicans. He did further studies in Paris and Cologne. It was under the tutelage of Albert the Great that Thomas began to shine. This was a time of great intellectual freedom and inquiry and thinkers like Albert and Thomas were beginning to set down the precepts and principles which were so influential in setting up modern Europe.
Thomas' most famous work, the Summa Theologica is still widely read and used. It forms the basis of theological teaching for priests and is widely read by lay people who are seriously interested in what the church teaches as the Summa forms the basis of all modern theology. With today's technology, you can view the Summa online. The influence of Thomas on Christian thinking cannot be overstated.