Today is the feast of the ‘Angelic Doctor’, St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Dominican friar, priest, and scholar. He was born to a noble and well-connected family, the son of a Count, and a lucrative career was planned for him. When he decided to join the newly founded Dominican Order to be a poor mendicant priest, his mother the Countess held him prisoner in the family castle in order to dissuade him. His brothers even tried to tempt him with a prostitute, but angels guarded his purity. This long ordeal only strengthened his vocation, and eventually he escaped and joined the Dominicans. He became a prolific writer; his works are still immensely influential in philosophy, theology, and education, especially in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. His most famous work is the Summa Theologica. St. Thomas Aquinas is the foremost Doctor of the Catholic Church, known as the “Angelic Doctor” for his angelic purity of mind and body. He is the patron of schools and universities, students, philosophers, theologians, apologists, academics, and chastity.
This is a good site for further reading on the ‘Five Ways’.