Prayer before Studying, by St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas, patron saint of students

Ineffable Creator, who, from the treasures of Your wisdom, have established three hierarchies of angels, have arrayed them in marvelous order above the fiery heavens, and have marshaled the regions of the universe with such artful skill, You are proclaimed the true font of light and wisdom, and the primal origin raised high beyond all things. Pour forth a ray of Your brightness into the darkened places of my mind; disperse from my soul the twofold darkness into which I was born: sin and ignorance. You make eloquent the tongues of infants. Refine my speech and pour forth upon my … Continue

St. Thomas Aquinas on the Office of a Wise Man

In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, we study to become wise men. In this post, I’d like to share a passage from St. Thomas Aquinas’ famous work, “Summa Contra Gentiles”, in which he discusses the office, or duty, of a wise man. Enjoy. -WCM “My mouth shall meditate truth, and my lips shall hate impiety.” Proverbs 8:7 1. The usage of the multitude, which according to the Philosopher is to be followed in giving names to things, has commonly held that they are to be called wise who order things rightly and govern them well. Hence, among other things that … Continue

Obedience in the Catholic Life

Obviously, St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, did not agree with some in modern Catholic circles. It’s important to see the difference between the aim of the lives of the saints (see the book in the image below) and that of men who speak against the hierarchy of the Church in our times and throughout history. The Latin phrase AD MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM means, “For the greater glory of God.” This was the principle of the life of St. Ignatius and allowed him to think rightly on controversial issues. In the Classical Liberal Arts Academy, … Continue

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