St Thomas receiving the Dominican habit
" St Thomas, of course, is shown in the habit of the Order of Preachers. It is thought that St Thomas joined the Order perhaps as young as the age of 16, around 1242/3. Certainly, he had been clothed in the habit by April 1244. He was then a student in Naples, and he was soon sent to Rome to evade the grasp of his angry parents who had hoped that Thomas would become a Benedictine at Monte Cassino and rise to become abbot of that great monastery! Perhaps here we see another reason for his being called an 'ox'. For he showed great tenacity and refused to succumb to family pressure."
- from this article on Godzdogz, our Dominican students' blog.
Today, 28 January is the feast of St Thomas Aquinas, and this painting is from the reredos of the Dominican Priory of St Thomas in Avila.