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This week in Christian history: White House displays Nativity, Puritan leader dies, Thomas Aquinas

This week in Christian history: White House displays Nativity, Puritan leader dies, Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas quits writing – Dec. 6, 1273

A 15th century depiction of Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), the notable Catholic Church intellectual and writer. | Wikimedia Commons

This week marks the anniversary of when Saint Thomas Aquinas, an influential medieval church intellectual known for his apologetic works, decided to retire from writing.

An Italian scholar and Dominican friar whose work was influenced by the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, Aquinas is probably best known for his opus Summa Theologica.

According to the Christian History Institute, Aquinas decided to quit writing while saying mass for the feast of St. Nicholas, when he either saw a vision or heard a mysterious voice.

“Such things have been revealed to me that all that I have written seems to me as so much straw,” stated Aquinas, as quoted by the Institute.

Aquinas died a few months later. 

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