Happy Birthday, St. Thomas Aquinas!

Photo courtesy of Leah Ash

Story by Culture Editor Leah Ash

St. Thomas Aquinas is the patron saint of our college, guiding the institution’s ideals and goals in both educating students as well as promoting spiritual relationships with God. In celebration of this important date, Campus Ministry hosted St. Thomas Aquinas Week. 

Aquinas was a theology professor at multiple renowned universities, including the University of Paris. He was continually a student as well, always learning in classes and life. 

“Aquinas was a tremendous synthetic thinker. He is noted for major works: the Summa Theologica, the Summa Contra Gentiles; many philosophical commentaries, and Scripture commentaries,” said Fr. Bob. “He also wrote the texts for the Corpus Christi Mass, and several other Eucharistic hymns such as ‘Pange Lingua’ (Hail Our Savior’s Glorious Body – sung on Holy Thursday); and ‘Adoro te Devote’ (Humbly I Adore You which is played at noon on our campus Carillon).”

Campus Ministry hosted a variety of events on campus to celebrate Aquinas’s birthday, which was on Jan. 28. Students were able to “Get Crafty with Campus Ministry” in The Moose all week with coloring supplies and sheets that were left out on the table. 

In addition, students were invited to join the Dominican Sisters at a Celebration Dinner in Wege on Saturday, Jan. 28. On Monday, Jan. 30, Campus Ministry brightened student’s days by handing out birthday cupcakes. 

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Campus Ministry promoted Aquinas’s teachings this week, reminding student’s not only of his lessons, but the college’s goals as an institution. Some of his teachings (as summarized by Fr. Bob)  that they wish to highlight include:

  • God is the beginning and the end of all things. 
  • Love continues where knowledge ends. 
  • Aquinas presents an integral understanding of human life. We are embodied spirits, or inspirited bodies, hence this mysterious and wondrous combination of body and soul. Aquinas bases human activities in the realm of the virtues: the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity, and the cardinal virtues of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance. 
  • (e) Non nisi te, Domine. Nothing else but you, Lord.

Fr. Bob and the rest of Campus Ministry would like to remind the Aquinas community to “appreciate the life you have been given. Learn to mature in ways that lead to nobility and freedom; nobility is integrity, self-respect, and love of neighbor in proper proportions.”