Saint Thomas Aquinas

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The Angelic Doctor

Our Patron, St. Thomas Aquinas, was a 13th century saint, scholar and poet.  His clear and exact theology has been the bedrock of Catholic teaching in the Latin Church for nearly a thousand years.  He is referred to as the ‘Angelic’ Doctor because of his devotion to the holy angels and the thought he contributed to our understanding of them, but also because of his angelic purity and personal holiness.  He is called the Doctor Communis, or ‘General Doctor’ of the Church, because his method of teaching the faith touched upon all aspects of it with great precision and truth.  It is through his teachings on the Eucharist that the Church has chosen to express her dogma on the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, which is central to our Faith.  Through the centuries, St. Thomas’ work has proven a remedy in times of great doctrinal confusion.