Lead: Italian priest and theologian, Thomas Aquinas, was one of the most prolific writers of the Middle Ages and a major influence on western thought.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Aquinas was born in southern Italy sometime around 1225 in Castle Roccasecca (‘roka seeka) near the small town of Aquino, between Rome and Naples. He was a bookish child, and at the age of fourteen began his studies at the University of Naples. Thomas was greatly influenced by the Dominican religious order, a mendicant society, which he joined in 1243, by taking his vow of poverty. His family was none too pleased with his decision to become a Dominican friar. His brothers even kidnapped him and held him in the castle tower for almost a year. Thomas, however, could not be persuaded otherwise and was later ordained.

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