New Things and Old in Saint Thomas Aquinas: A Translation of Various Writings & Treatises of the Angelic Doctor

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" All I have written seems chaff to me." Thus six months before his death spoke the greatest mind of the Middle Ages. He had up to this time lived a life full of labour, lecturing, writing, dictating, and praying; and now after having received a revelation he laid aside his pen and would write no more. His favourite disciple, with a directness characteristic of him, asked him why he would not write when he was in the midst of a great work; to which he simply replied, "I cannot." Being pressed still further he again said, " I cannot, for all that ...
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" All I have written seems chaff to me." Thus six months before his death spoke the greatest mind of the Middle Ages. He had up to this time lived a life full of labour, lecturing, writing, dictating, and praying; and now after having received a revelation he laid aside his pen and would write no more. His favourite disciple, with a directness characteristic of him, asked him why he would not write when he was in the midst of a great work; to which he simply replied, "I cannot." Being pressed still further he again said, " I cannot, for all that I have written seems chaff to me." This incident, well attested as it is, is so clearly sincere that no interpretation of it can rob it of its grandeur and pathos. The words were spoken by a man still only in his prime, as far as years go, but one whom incessant labour and devotion to a high cause had brought, at the age of forty nine, into the valley of the shadow. His name is one that all men of education profess to know. His fame is noised abroad scarcely less by those who ignorantly contemn, than by those who injudiciously worship him. But his life, his real concrete life, is still in many ways a closed book. For while one class of men look on him as a great intellect, and another as a great holiness, the human lines of Aquinas have been singularly neglected. His holiness and his greatness in the eyes of a critical generation will depend, not on the mysteries of his extraordinary raptures, but on the way in which he a man bore himself in the jostle of life with men.
If this has not been overlooked by his many biographers it has, for the most part, been undervalued, and it is fitting that in this age, which bears some resemblance to the Renaissance in the re-discovery of the enduring masterpieces of olden time either from neglect or undiscerning attention, some attempt should be made to show Aquinas to the world, not as a saint on a pedestal or a statue above the rostrum, but as one faring in the road of life and faring manfully.
This work contains:
OFFICE OF CORPUS CHRISTI
THE EFFICACY OF PRAYER
THE NATURE OF TRUTH
DETERMISISM
Os GRACE
CHARITY ASD FRIESDSHIP
RELIGIOS ASD HOLISESS
THE SERVICE OF GOD
PURITY
THE SAISTS
THE INCARNATIOS
Os FAITH
THE TEACHINGS OF PHILOSOPHY ASD FAITH.
SUPERSTITION
PAPAL POWER
THE VIRGIN MARY
THE RELATIONS OF MATTER ASD FORM
PRIMARY MATTER
FORM ASD NATURE
OF UNITY OF FORM
THE SOUL
OF GOD
CONTEMPLATION
THOUGHT, MEDITATION, AND CONTEMPLATION
THE MODE OF CREATION
THE INTELLECT AND KNOWLEDGE
KNOWLEDGE AND THE SENSES
SENSE AND UNDERSTANDING
THE PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNANCE
MORALITY OF BUYING ASD SELLING
USURY
NATIONALITY AND THE STATE
THE RIGHTS OF PROPERTY
FAVOURITISM
DUTY OF A CITIZEN IN REGARD TO KNOWN CRIME
THE COMMON GOOD
WAR
THE LOVE OF OUR NEIGHBOUR
FRIENDSHIP
HABITS
THE SCOPE OF NATURAL SCIENCE
SEMI!,;AL CAUSES.
THE ELEMENTS
NATURAL SELECTION AND PURPOSE
ACTION THROUGH A MEDIUM
PLANTS AND SEX
WEIGHT AND DENSITY
ACCIDIA
WOMAN
BEAUTY
PERFECTION AND MARRIAGE.
LANGUAGE
THE USE OF ANIMALS
SIMONY
SCANDAL
WHETHER WE ALWAYS WISH FOR WHAT IS GOOD
LETTER OF SAINT THOMAS
NON-BAPTISED INFANTS AND THE VISION OF GOD
APPENDIX
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  • ISBN-13: 9781497535312
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/3/2014
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

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