St. Thomas Aquinas

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Moments of Grace

Bob Ross came up in conversation the other day, as cultural icons are wont to do, and I quoted his famous quip, “We don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents.”  I pointed out that while it sounded nice, it wasn’t very theologically correct.  Of course I make mistakes—sins—and they’re not so happy. One of my priest friends came back with St. […]

Detail of "Triumph of St. Thomas Aquinas over the Heretics" by Filipino Lippi

Give Full Assent to the Teachings of the Church

This is an age of disbelief, material reductionism, and subjectivism. It is increasingly difficult to give our full assent to Holy Mother Church’s teaching because they are difficult to reconcile with our modern ethos. One may rightfully object that there are many things about which men of good will can disagree, but the unchanging, dogmatic articles of faith of the […]

My new favorite prayers

As Catholics, we are often criticized for our ritual worship and rote prayers.   While at times I do wish I was more poised when leading public impromptu prayers, I am grateful for the treasury of prayers at our fingertips.  Far from lifeless, these prayers come from our rich heritage—thousands of years of holy men and women, from the writings […]

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Thomas Aquinas

“Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: ‘Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.’” (St. […]

Disputa (Disputation of the Blessed Sacrament - Detail) by Raphael

Three Root Issues that stand between Catholics and the Modern World

The great philosopher Aristotle said “The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousand fold.” These modern times bear out this wisdom. When influential thinkers of the past such as William of Occam, Francis Bacon, Rene Descartes, John Stuart Mill, Immanuel Kant, G.W. F. Hegel and several others took deviations from the truth in their philosophies, it […]

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

Love Yourself For God’s Sake

The Joy of the Gospel can be found in putting others before ourselves and loving one another as we love ourselves. Consequently, a disordered love of self, both in excess and in defect, can hinder our mission to live out this core truth. While there will often be a temptation toward either extreme, a balanced love of self is possible […]

"The Exhortation to the Apostles" (detail) by James Tissot

I Believe in God

Credo When we say “I believe” as we recite the Apostle’s Creed we are making a statement about our Faith. The theological virtue of Faith is supernatural and infused by gift of the Holy Spirit. St. Thomas Aquinas points out that Faith is not only the first thing we need, but that we cannot be proper Catholics without it.1 St. […]

“The School of Athens” (detail showing Aristotle with the elder Plato) by Raphael

The Four Causes of Holy Mother Church

“In the Nicene Creed we profess the four Marks of the Church which are one, holy, catholic and apostolic. These four marks are intrinsically intertwined. These are those things by which we can distinguish the true Church from a false one provided all four are properly fulfilled by the true nature and essence of the One True Church built upon […]

Daily Lenten Reflection — Getting Ready for the Challenge

“There are three things which united together conduce to the salvation of man; The Sacrament, The Wilderness, Fasting. No one who has not rightly contended receives a crown, but no one is admitted to the contest of virtue, except first being washed from the stains of all his sins, he is consecrated with the gift of heavenly grace” (St. Ambrose; […]

“Saint Thomas Aquinas” by Diego Velázquez The Angelic Doctor is girded with the Mystical Belt of Purity

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thomas Aquinas

“To love God is something greater than to know Him.” (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church) January 28 is the Memorial of St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church (1225 – 1274). Print this entry