Monday, August 11, 2008

Benedict XVI on Aquinas (II)

Entry 0031: Benedict XVI on Aquinas (II) 

On Sunday, 28 January 2007, in St Peter’s Square, Rome, Pope Benedict XVI began his Reflection before the Recitation of the Angelus with the following observation, 
Today the liturgical calendar commemorates St Thomas Aquinas, the great Doctor of the Church. With his charism as a philosopher and theologian, he offered an effective model of harmony between reason and faith, dimensions of the human spirit that are completely fulfilled in the encounter and dialogue with one another. According to St Thomas’ thought, human reason, as it were, ‘breathes:’ it moves within a vast open horizon in which it can express the best of itself. When, instead, man reduces himself to thinking only of material objects or those that can be proven, he closes himself to the great questions about life, himself and God and is impoverished.”