St. Thomas Aquinas: a humble scholar who used reason to illuminate truth

If there were signs that Thomas Aquinas would become one of the church’s most brilliant thinkers, they unfolded gradually.

Thomas was born in 1225 into a family of means who lived near Aquino in the kingdom of Sicily. At the age of 5 he was sent by his parents to the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino where he was expected to follow his uncle into a monastic career, an honorable option for a fourth-born son whose older brothers all pursued military careers.

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