Aquinas and Evolution

A quote from John Deely, Four Ages of Understanding: The First Postmodern Survey of Philosophy from Ancient Times to the Turn of the Twenty-First Century

p. 266 “Shortly before his dearth Aquinas tool ill and ceased to write. Hagiography reports that he was granted a vision, in the light of which he is reported to have said that his work now appears to him ‘as so much straw’. I have often wondered if the vision was not a revelation that the universe was not a cyclic but an evolutionary one, thus wrecking the image on which the plan of the work had been based; but of course the speculation is gratuitous.”