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Tag: St. Thomas Aquinas

Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

January 7, 2019 2 Comments
Christmas Wrap-up: Some Less-Obvious Questions about the Incarnation

Welcome to Epiphany-tide. In this week we transition from Christmas to the public ministry of Christ, with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord scheduled for this coming Sunday. Before we leave Christmas altogether, we do well to ponder certain less-obvious questions about the Lord’s incarnation and birth. These questions are taken from St. […]

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Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

December 12, 2018 3 Comments
Why Was Jesus Born When and Where He Was?

In preparation for the coming of Christmas, we have been discussing some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ writings. In this last installment we’ll be looking at his commentary on the time and place of Jesus’ birth. We live in a culture that tends toward a kind of temporal pride. We think that we have come of […]

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Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

December 11, 2018 21 Comments
Would Jesus Have Come If Adam Had Not Sinned? Why Did He Wait So Long Before Coming?

Continuing our series of questions related to the Incarnation, we next ponder whether Jesus would have come at all had we not sinned in the garden. We also consider why He waited thousands of years before coming to our rescue. Would Jesus have come if Adam had not sinned? St. Thomas Aquinas (in his Summa […]

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Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

December 10, 2018 1 Comment
Why Did the Second Person of the Trinity, Rather Than the Father or the Holy Spirit, Become Incarnate?

As we await the approaching Feast of Holy Christmas, we have been pondering some of St. Thomas Aquinas’ teachings on the Incarnation. Today we will consider why it was the Son, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became incarnate. Most people have never even thought of this question let alone sought to answer […]

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Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

December 9, 2018 1 Comment
Four Reasons That the Incarnation was Fitting, According to St. Thomas Aquinas

As we approach the Christmas feasts, it is good for us to ponder aspects of the Incarnation. In this post, I would like to consider what St. Thomas Aquinas teaches about its fittingness. God was not radically “required” to do everything as He did. We do well to ponder why the manner of the Lord’s […]

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What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision?

January 1, 2018 1 Comment
What Is the Meaning of Christ’s Circumcision?

The feast for January 1st is designated as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Although that is its most ancient title, for many centuries it was the Circumcision of the Lord; it is still celebrated under that title on the calendar of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Yesterday we meditated on the […]

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Learning the Latin of the Hymns for Benediction and Adoration

June 15, 2010 26 Comments

I sometimes get requests for help in understanding the Latin texts of the very familiar hymns for Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction. The O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, though familiar to many Catholics remain only vaguely understood in terms of a word-for-word translation. Most know the poetic English renderings (“O Saving Victim Opening Wide” and “Humbly […]

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Practical Wisdom

August 31, 2009 1 Comment
Practical Wisdom

Last week I began auditing a course at Dominican House of Studies here in Washington, DC. During my first class, the professor was speaking on the unity in sacred doctrine of speculative wisdom and practical wisdom as discussed by St. Thomas Aquinas in Question 1 of the First Part of Summa Theologica. My professor’s first example of […]

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