Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Final Words of a Saint
If you were on your deathbed, what would your last words be?
On December 6, 1273, St. Thomas Aquinas uttered these final words:
"Venite, dilecti filii, egredemini in hortum."
"Come, beloved sons, go forth into the garden." (Sixtus of Sienna, Bibliotheca Sancta [Frankfurt, 1575], p. 331; as quoted in Sheba by Nicholas Clapp, 28).
Thomas Aquinas was enamoured with the Queen of Sheba. A strange thing for a monk. But on his path to enlightenment, he studied the passion-filled Song of Songs (or Songs of Solomon) with increasing fervor. Some scholars believe that Solomon's songs may have been about the foreign queen, the Queen of the South, aka the Queen of Sheba.
Interesting that St. Thomas Aquinas's final words paraphrased the Song of Songs.