Christ and Spirituality in St. Thomas Aquinas
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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French Sources of Book Chapters
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...1. “St. Thomas: Theologian and Mystic,” Nova et Vetera four.o (200six.o): 1–1six.o; originally “Théologien et mystique: Le cas de Thomas d’Aquin,” trans. Therese Scarpelli, Revue des Sciences Religieuses seven.oseven.o (2003): 3five.o0–six.ofive.o. 2. “Théologie et sainteté,” trans. Robert Williams, Revue Thomiste seven.o1 (19seven.o1): 20five.o–3. “La charité comme amitié chez saint Thomas d’Aquin,” trans. Mat_thew Ra-...
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The nine chapters in this book are a collection of essays previously published under various titles that precede, prepare, accompany, or follow the various works that I have published on Saint Thom-of these short essays. On the contrary, they were composed over a period spanning more than thirty years and under no pretext of ...
1. St. Thomas Aquinas: Theologian and Mystic
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The title of this chapter may be surprising. Thomas Aquinas is un-questionably a great theologian, but is he also a mystic? A prelimi-nary answer to this question could be found in the fact that he is a canonized saint, and that in one way or another, God was at the heart of his life, as is true of all saints. While this answer is certainly ...
2. Theology and Sanctity
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In an impressive essay published some time ago also named “The-ology and Sanctity,” Hans Urs von Balthasar made a case for the necessary unity between theology and spirituality.one.k For a long time, he said, the great theologians were also great saints. But when the-ology turned from a living ref_lection into a merely academic af_fair, ...
3. Charity as Friendship in St. Thomas Aquinas
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Saint Thomas is far from being the only person ever to have used the term “friendship” to describe our af_fective relations with God. The great Cistercian authors of the twelf_th century, among which St. Ber-nard was the most preeminent, did so well before Thomas and with a rare ref_inement inspired largely by Cicero’s treatise De amicitia. Be-...
4. The Interpreter of Desire: Prayer According to St. Thomas Aquinas
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As with any Christian—and probably more so than for most—for St. Thomas prayer was something very familiar. He chanted the Di-vine Of_f_ice in choir each day with his Dominican confreres; and, like Brother Dominic, the holy founder of his order, he also prayed ions. We also have numerous witnesses who tell us that he prayed ...
5. Christ in the “Spirituality”of St. Thomas
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The simple title of this chapter assumes one can speak of a spiritu-ality in St. Thomas. I do not mean by this, of course, that Thomas wrote various spiritual works, but I would assert that one can f_ind an incontrovertible spiritual aspect to his theology. I have in fact already treated in detail the principal points of such a claim in my ...
6. Imitating God as His Beloved Children: Conformity to God and to Christ in the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas
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The origin of this chapter is an investigation that I began some time ago into the role of Christ in the spirituality of St. Thomas. I set out to test certain hunches by a study of certain words used by St. Thom-as, such as “imitation” (imitatio), “the following of Christ” (sequela Christi), or again of “conformity to Christ” (conformitas Christo). ...
7. The Priesthood of Christ in the Summa Theologiae
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This chapter deals specif_ically with the priesthood of Christ as dis-cussed in question 22 of the Tertia Pars. Indeed, we f_ind nothing on this subject in the Prima Pars, nor is there anything in the Secunda Pars, with the exception of two allusions at the end of the Prima Secundae.one.k In the Tertia Pars itself, we f_ind the words sacerdos or ...
8. The Sower Went Out to Sow: The Image of Christ the Preacher in Friar Thomas Aquinas
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St. Thomas, known above all as the author of the Summa Theologiae, is renowned as a great intellectual—which he certainly was—but also as a cerebral thinker taken with abstractions, which he certainly was not! Far from being trapped in a merely deductive and ratio-nalist theology, he was, on the contrary, extremely at_tentive to sa-...
9. St. Thomas, Spiritual Master
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It is hard for a writer to talk about his book without talking about himself. This is true generally, but even more so when it comes to my book Saint Thomas Aquinas, Spiritual Master.one.k Having read it, a colleague of mine told me that one could sense that I was much more personally involved in it than in my f_irst volume, Saint Thomas ...
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Page Count: 220
Publication Year: 2011
Series Title: Thomistic ressourcement series ;