It is true that St. Thomas Aquinas speaks of certain rights, but these rights are species of the virtue of justice. They are in absolutely no manner similar to how Hobbes, Locke, or later modernity will use the term rights.
Listers, Aristotle (“the Philosopher”) defined prudence as “right reason applied to action.”1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, “prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving it.”2 Prudence is an indispensable part of the virtuous life. It...
What does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous moral universe.
Lust is a vice that can easily consume a person's soul. The consequences are dire. Our Lady of Fatima proclaimed, 'more souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.’ Understand the vice of lust and her daughters so that the Catholic soul may stand guard against them. ...
For when the Queen of Sins has fully possessed a conquered heart, she surrenders it immediately to seven principal sins, as if to some of her generals, to lay it waste.
The vehicle by which man knows Natural Law is reason and understanding. Here, Aquinas makes a second important distinction – some men will understand more, some less. Aquinas is not promoting an egalitarian view of reason. All men may know, but all men will not know equally.
The Eucharist is the "source and summit of the Christian life" and there is no greater way to grow in faith and grace than feeding on the Bread of Life.
Drunk off its political and scientific successes, modern thought and practice have abandoned the modest and moderate beginnings of political modernity.
"[H]aving forbidden all unlawful marriage, and all unseemly practice, and the union of women with women and men with men..."