Aquinas at Prayer draws attention to important aspects of Aquinas's life and work which have been all too often overlooked or forgotten. Today Aquinas is almost exclusively regarded as an outstanding scholastic philosopher and theologian. But what is little known is that Aquinas was, first and last, a teacher of the Bible - a Master of the Sacred Page. Moreover there is a distinctly mystical character to his theology. And, as a writer, he was not only a poet but, arguably, the greatest Latin poet of the Middle Ages.
The primary focus of this most engaging new book is to explore the question of Aquinas's own practice of prayer and his teaching on prayer in his commentaries on the Psalms and St Paul. The book is strengthened by quotations from Aquinas in fresh translations.
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About the Author
Paul Murray OP teaches the literature of the mystical tradition at the Angelicum University, Rome, Italy.
Table of ContentsIntroduction / Part One: Aquinas at Prayer / The Interior Life of a Mystic on Campus / Four Prayers Attributed to Aquinas / Part Two: Aquinas on Prayer / Aquinas as Exegete / Aquinas on St Paul / Aquinas on the Psalms / Part Three: Poet of the Eucharist, The Hymns and Canticles of Aquinas