What is the use of Living?

St. Thomas was born in 1225 near Aquinas, Italy, thus, the name Thomas Aquinas. By age fourteen, he was a student at the University of Naples.
From there he decided to become a Catholic priest, a Dominican. His family was not happy about his plan and developed a strategy to dissuade him.
They kidnapped him and held him for fifteen months, in hopes that he would change his mind. But he did not.
The family became more daring in their attempts. They arranged for him to be with a prostitute. That attempt likewise failed. Finally, they unsuccessfully offered to purchase for him the position of archbishop of Naples, a practice known as investiture and was common with the wealthy in the Middle Ages.
He became profoundly respected through his brilliant mind and voluminous writing, which earned him the nickname Angelic Doctor.
He attempted to reconcile two large bodies of thought: the writings of Aristotle (and other philosophers) and the Bible. So influential was he that his thinking was giving a name (based on his name). It is called Thomism.
Many followed his teaching, because his intellectual prowess and theological acumen commanded respect, and he got it.
Winston Churchill once observed, “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place to live in after we are gone?”
Individuals who have great vision and how to go about achieving it will automatically have followers who buy into their dreams. They don’t go about begging for people to respect or fear them. They earn it.


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