"The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as much as straw after the things that have been revealed to me."
You may come across this quote, taken very much out of context, which attempts to prove Aquinas was refuting or downplaying all that he had written. This is not so.
[FONT=Verdana][size=2]Miracle of the Cross of St. Thomas Aquinas
Later on, when St. Thomas was in Salerno, finishing the third part of his Summa, which deals with the Passion and the Resurrection, he was kneeling before the Altar in ecstasy.
He could feel the overpowering presence of the Lord in the room. He looked up at the Crucifix.
**It began to glow brightly. Jesus came alive and spoke to Thomas. **
There is a very special conversation St. Thomas Aquinas had with the Lord, which we have used as a motto for our ministry.
He was told “You have written well of Me, Thomas. What would you desire as a reward?”
Thomas broke into tears, as he replied,* “Nothing, Lord. I’m doing it all for you.”*
At this point, St. Thomas Aquinas went into ecstasy, and levitated.
His entire body floated into the air and hovered over the chapel. All the brothers in the convent came into the chapel where he was praying, and beheld him suspended in the air.
Toward the end of his life, he ceased working on the *Summa Theologiae, *one of the most famous treatises on the existence of God ever written.
When the brother who was working with him asked why, he replied "The end of my labors has come. All that I have written appears to be as much as straw after the things that have been revealed to me."
He had been celebrating the Mass; and went into ecstasy.
Thomas Aquinas never divulged what the Lord had revealed to him, but it was enough for this great man to cease working on a treatise he had spent five years developing.
As he lay dying, after he made his last confession and received viaticum, he said,
"I am receiving Thee, Price of my soul’s redemption; all my studies, my vigil and my labors have been for love of Thee. I have taught much and written much of the Most Sacred Body of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Roman Church, to whose judgment I offer and submit everything."
Two days later our Angelic Doctor, as he was called, passed to his reward with Jesus His Love.
That day, St. Albert, who was in Cologne, cried out,* “Brother Thomas Aquinas, my son in Christ, the light of the Church, is dead. God has revealed it to me.”*