"This concise  but well-researched life of St. Thomas Aquinas, the great medieval theologian and saint, will surprise, delight, and inspire. The author ... not only captures the essentials of Thomas's upbringing, life, and career but also succeeds in bringing to the fore those aspects of Thomas's learning and sanctity that will speak to the minds and hearts of the modern readers for whom this book is intended. Italian-Americans and others of Italian descent will find ... an inspirational account of one of the greatest heroes ever to come from Italy, whose life even today continues to exercise influence around the world. Students and learners of all ages will especially find ... a call to emulate his virtues and way of life." --Dr. Mark J. Clark, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

"This concise but well-researched life of St. Thomas Aquinas, the great medieval theologian and saint, will surprise, delight, and inspire. The author ... not only captures the essentials of Thomas's upbringing, life, and career but also succeeds in bringing to the fore those aspects of Thomas's learning and sanctity that will speak to the minds and hearts of the modern readers for whom this book is intended. Italian-Americans and others of Italian descent will find ... an inspirational account of one of the greatest heroes ever to come from Italy, whose life even today continues to exercise influence around the world. Students and learners of all ages will especially find ... a call to emulate his virtues and way of life." --Dr. Mark J. Clark, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America



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Humble Servant of Truth: A Novel Based on the Life of Thomas Aquinas

By Margaret O'Reilly

Entering the world with a burning desire for knowledge, Thomas Aquinas set out on a quest for truth that forced him into captivity. But his thirst for truth never wavered. 

Known today among many as the most brilliant light of the Church, Aquinas was a Catholic priest and a Doctor of the Church. His synthesis of Aristotle’s philosophy with Christianity significantly influenced Western thought and solidified his legacy as one of the greatest philosophers of the Western world.   

Over his lifetime, Aquinas wrote many Eucharistic hymns, some of which are to this day included in the Church’s liturgy.  His theological insight and natural reason make him an ideal model teacher for those pursuing Catholic priesthood. 

Today, Saint Thomas is often depicted with a writing quill or an open book, proving that the search for knowledge and truth forever lives within his name.

 

About the Author

Margaret O’Reilly attended Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. After graduating in 1984, she earned catechetical certification from Our Lady of Peace Pontifical Catechetical Institute in Beaverton, Oregon. She taught high school theology and church history at St. Agnes High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Mrs. O’Reilly and her husband have twelve children whom they teach at home. Her articles on theological and apologetic topics have appeared in Catholic publications including Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and The Catholic Response.