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Monday, July 26, 2010

0132: Pope Benedict XVI on Aquinas (XII)

Entry 0132: General Audience on Saint Thomas Aquinas

Here is a summary of the General Audience on Saint Thomas Aquinas given by Pope Benedict XVI on 23 June 2010:

“In our catechesis on the Christian culture of the Middle Ages,” the Holy Father said, “we turn once more to the teaching of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The Summa Theologiae, his masterpiece, reflects Thomas’s serene confidence in the harmony of faith and reason, and in the ability of reason, enlightened by faith, to come to an understanding of God and his saving plan.

“The Summa treats of the Triune God in himself, in his work of creation, and in the person of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son, whose humanity is the means by which we return to the Father.

“Thomas illustrates the working of divine grace, which perfects our natural gifts and enables us, through the practice of the virtues and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, to attain the eternal happiness for which we were created. His description of Christ’s saving work stresses the importance of the seven sacraments, and especially the Eucharist.

“These great theological truths are also reflected in Thomas’s preaching which in a clear and simple way presents the mysteries of the faith, the content of Christian prayer, and the demands of a moral life shaped by the natural law and the Gospel’s new commandment of love.

“With the Angelic Doctor, let us pray for the grace to love the Lord with all our heart, and to love our neighbour, ‘in God and for God.’”