The Day of the Ox

St. Thomas Aquinas' feast day was yesterday. 

It is remarkable how the lives of the saints are, in their totality, instruments of the will of God. Nobody in Aquinas' family wanted him to choose the path he chose, yet they wanted what they then thought was best for him. They desired that their son receive a position of power, honor, and relative conformity. All of these things, from our perspective, are reasonable and good. Wouldn't any parent want the same for his child? The human perspective, though, is sorely limited. Thomas achieved his position with the Dominicans in spite of his families' wishes, yet, through his desire to follow God, Thomas also achieved an honor and power beyond the ultimately humble plans of his parents. They could not have imagined the renown their son eventually gained. By not following his family, he became one of the most brilliant and holy men to ever walk the earth, and now he is honored as a saint, the ultimate reward and good of human life. Thomas' life is a lesson to all men. To follow God's will is to follow that which you cannot always understand, but it is also to follow that which perfects us in a way we can never imagine.

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