St. Thomas Aquinas

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Thomas Aquinas

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

“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. […]

Three Root Issues that stand between Catholics and the Modern World

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

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 […]

Love Yourself For God’s Sake

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Bloch

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 […]

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; […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thomas Aquinas

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

“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

Understanding Christ’s Temptation

"Christ in the Desert (detail)" by Ivan Kramskoy

After John the Baptist baptized Jesus, the Christ was called into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit where He humbled Himself so profoundly that in the company of wild beasts and beleaguered by ravenous hunger after a forty day fast, He suffered the devil’s temptations. Jesus’ reasons for doing this on our behalf are many concerning the economy of Salvation, but […]

Jesus Reveals the Real Presence in John’s Gospel

"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures

During this Liturgical Year (Year B), the gospel readings at Mass on Sundays are taken primarily from the Gospel of Mark. However, beginning this weekend, we will spend four consecutive Sundays hearing from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John and the focus will be on the Eucharist. To set the scene, we need to look back to last […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Thomas Aquinas

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

“In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die: even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin; wherefore he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance: Who forgiveth all thy iniquities, […]

We’ve Lost that “Thinking” Feeling

Saint Thomas Aquinas, The Angelic Doctor

When I first begin a new semester of teaching Philosophy, I always begin by asking students for their opinions on certain moral and social questions. In almost all cases the student’s response begins with: “I feel that…” These three little words are indicative, I think, of why there is so much confusion in our society. As stated in a previous […]

Mobilizing one’s whole being

Last weekend I had the pleasure of seeing Pixar’s Inside Out.  I was pleasantly surprised by it, not expecting it to be as thought-provoking and multi-faceted as it was.  One of the themes—and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything, given that it was mentioned in the first ten minutes of the film—was the purpose of the emotions. As Joy was […]