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Saints related to Patron-of-philosophers

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  • St. Catherine of Alexandria
    Because of her great wisdom, St. Catherine of Alexandria is the patron saint of philosophers. According to tradition, she converted following a vision and denounced the emperor, Maximinus. She successfully debated the pagan philosophers and converted many to Christianity. She was beheaded around the year 305 A.D, dying a virgin martyr.
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  • St. Justin
    St. Justin Martyr lived from c. 100-165 AD. He was a noted apologist and one of the most important Apostolic Fathers. Unlike many of his contemporaries who kept Christian doctrine secret because of fear of persecution, St. Justin made a public defense of the Faith, with his work "The First Apology" written directly to the Roman Emperor, Antonius.
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  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    St. Thomas Aquinas is best known for his extraordinary intellect, beautiful and intricate writings, and devout example of a virtuous life. A Dominican friar, St. Thomas Aquinas preached and taught the truths of the Faith to all people. Later declared a Do
    St. Thomas Aquinas is often featured with particular symbols in artwork. Some of the most common symbols seen with him are a dove speaking into his ear, a book, a star or the sun, an ox, or an image of him teaching. The dove speaking into his ear represents the divine guidance he received while writing. The book is to represent the many works he penned. The star or sun is to show the light of his intellect, as well as the divine light which inspired his writing. The ox is in reference to the nickname he received from his classmates - “the dumb ox.” And of course, the image of him teaching is to show both that he was a professor and preacher who taught people in person, but also that his writings continue to teach and inspire people today.