Today is the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas, the greatest of scholastic theologians. His voluminous writings still have a major impact on theology today. Shortly before his death in 1274, he had a mystical vision that silenced his great pen. When asked to continue writing, he responded, “I cannot, for everything I have written seems to me like straw.”
Knowing the truths of our faith is important. We should read and study these often. But the “taste” of a drop of divinity surpasses it all. In love, we become one with our beloved God, a union that surpasses all description. St. Thomas had many great intellectual gifts that he generously shared. God’s greatest gift to him was a direct experience of the divine. It silenced his pen and opened him to the fullness of Love itself.
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