This web application allows you to search through the works of Aquinas in both English and Latin. It allows you to do proximity word and phrase searches. For each result found, the paragraph containing the result will be displayed together with a link to the website where the full text can be found. Furthermore, if desired, one can save and categorize results in user defined groups of results.
Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect
happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,
Fr. Walter Farrell’s famous “Companion to the Summa” was written in the 1950s from a series of lectures delivered in New York City and elsewhere. Still a reliable “translation” of the St. Thomas’ Summa into accessible English, the full text of the Companion is now available in print or digital version through New Priory Press.
(Listen to today’s homily, “Humility” by clicking the links above.)
Saint Thomas Aquinas is arguably the most important theologian in the Catholic Church. His writings are unparalleled. There is no one who has written more effectively than this doctor of the Church. This is not because he was a Dominican, as wonderful as that is. Rather, it was due to his ability to understand both the natural and supernatural world. Using the writings of Aristotle, he was able to synthesize disconnected areas.
But it was the faith of Aquinas that was, in fact, most important. When asked by the Lord what he sought, he said, “non nisi te”, nothing but you. Saint Thomas Aquinas was first a mystic. The important foundation for him was a powerful relationship with God. As brilliant a man as Saint Thomas was, cultivating a relationship God was most important. God was first.
In fact, it is in this context that the phrase often uttered by frustrated philosophy students and seminarians, (what he wrote was straw) must be understood. Saint Thomas Aquinas appreciated the beauty of his work. But when what he wrote was compared to his experience of God, it was no contest. God was so much more brilliant, beautiful, powerful and loving. It was in that context, that the work of Aquinas was straw. Perhaps the message for today is to see that like Saint Thomas Aquinas, we should desire nothing but God too.
Readings for Today The first days of the readings of Ordinary Time have been those discussing Jesus. An early challenge for the Christian Church was to deal with the question of how Jesus could in fact be God, while at the same time having suffered an excruciating death upon the cross. Not only excruciating in […]