Listers, does God will something because it is good or is something good because God wills it? The question lies at the heart of the dialogue Euthyphro, written by Plato c. 399-395 BC, recounting a conversation between Socrates and a man named Euthyphro on the meaning of holiness. Though the dialogue overall is seeking to define...
Listers, certain “Great Books” have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered “great,” he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times. The book is inexhaustible:...
"[H]aving forbidden all unlawful marriage, and all unseemly practice, and the union of women with women and men with men..."
The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead us into profound observations.
Listers, the following is taken in full from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica II-II.148.1 On Gluttony. The Summa Theologica is widely considered the magnum opus of the Angelic Doctor's short life. The work is broken down into a question and answer format and its importance is best summed up by the fact it was laid...
Understanding the distinction between "knowledge" and "wisdom," and how it affects our lives, our education, and our Catholic faith.
The following works have been selected because they share the common theme of addressing Catholic political thought within the longstanding tradition of the Catholic Church. The works address what Spinoza entitled the theologico-political problem.
"In Aquino moreover, on that same day, again with reference to St Thomas, Paul VI said, "all of us who are faithful sons and daughters of the Church can and must be his disciples, at least to some extent!"
Modernity has attempted - with great anthropic success - to dethrone the Divine Science as Queen of all other bodies of knowledge.
"Holy Scripture is a stream in which the elephant may swim and the lamb may wade."
Pope St. Gregory
"Catholics should not judge nor live their Catholic lives according to modernity, but should judge and live within modernity according to Catholicism."
An unjust law is no law at all - we will not and cannot not comply.
"True religion looks upon as peaceful those wars that are waged not for motives of aggrandizement, or cruelty, but with the object of securing peace, of punishing evil-doers, and of uplifting the good." - St. Augustine
Aquinas comments on the Incarnation and the five ways it draws humanity from evil.
St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica, the Angelic Doctor catalogues five reasons the Incarnation moved humanity toward the Goodness of God.
"The duty of such prayers is taught us by the Church, which hath undertaken, as an obligation, to offer them for all the departed of the Christian and Catholic fellowship in a general commemoration without mention of names." - St. Augustine
"She is more Mother than Queen."
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church