Thomas Aquinas was a true intellectual. He was intensely interested in science. philosophy and theology — all of which, after a rather long dormant period, were beginning to come to life and to attract attention during his formative years. It soon became evident to Thomas that God had given him great talents, and he chose to serve God and the Church by developing and using those talents to the fullest extent possible. Never did he consider intellectualism to be an obstacle to the Church's mission. On the contrary, by his prodigious research and writing, he proved that the intellectual life can be an important and indeed indispensable aspect of the Church's life and mission. This can indeed be an important lesson for us.
Bernardin, Joseph L.
"The Homily at the Mass Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Aquinas, Immaculate Conception Chapel, University of Dayton, March 7, 1974,"
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