Friday, January 28, 2011

The Dumb Ox


Today's his feast day, as Terry Nelson reminds us, with some important speculation — Was St. Thomas Aquinas really fat? The answer: "St. Thomas was a huge heavy bull of a man, fat and slow and quiet; very mild and magnanimous but not very sociable; shy, even apart from the humility of holiness; and abstracted, even apart from his occasional and carefully concealed experiences of trance or ecstasy."

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Blogger Faith said...

A similar question regarding the weight of the Angelic Doctor was asked Fr. Thomas F. O'Meara, OP, who wrote "Thomas Aquinas, Theologian." His answer makes sense, when you think about it. Fr. O'Meara said that AQ couldn't have been fat. Think of the times. Friars were vegetarians and fasted often. They walked everywhere.

12:08 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Thanks for the link! Have a wonderful time island hopping.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

He was just probably big boned. ;)

6:28 AM  

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