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Aquinas, Exegesis, and Prophecy

The Church teaches that interpretation of the Bible must be done within “the living Tradition of the whole Church”. According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church’s heart rather than in documents and

Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Catechism, Dei Verbum, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Magisterium, Scripture, Solo Scriptura, Vatican II

The Guidelines are Void

This rubbish has no legal or judicial or administrative force in the real world where we all live. Like last summer’s vacuous, vapid, and vacant SCOTUS decision, these so-called guidelines were a dead letter upon issuance. Like I said about

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Western Civilization

On Grace and Merit

It is not news to say that many Protestants claim that the Catholic Church teaches a form of salvation by merit in contrast to their own belief in salvation by grace. This claim about the Church’s teaching is of course

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Catechism, Sola Gratia, Summa Theologiae

Reply to a Reader

Recently a gentleman left a couple comments in response to a post here, and I don’t think I did justice to his remarks. In this post I would like to rectify that situation. He begins with this: Unfortunately, it seems

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Philosophy, Aquinas - Theology, Natural Law, Summa Contra Gentiles, Summa Theologiae

Musings on Nature

There are two ways in which living creatures have powers for preservation: preservation of self, and preservation of their kind or species. Just as suicide is a moral evil (destruction of self is contrary to nature), in the same way

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Aristotle, Natural Law

The Way of the Cross

The way of the Cross is the way of suffering. It makes me happy to be suffering for you now, and in my own body to make up all the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ for

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Ascent of Mt Carmel, Suffering

Faith is a gift

Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by Him. (CCC 153) Heaven is beyond our reach. It is not a place on this earth so that we can walk, swim, drive, climb, or fly to it. It

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Posted in Aquinas - Theology, Faith, Sola Gratia

Puppetry?

The Catechism has this to say about Providence and the natural powers of the creatures that God has made: God has not willed to reserve to himself all exercise of power. He entrusts to every creature the functions it is

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Augustine, Calvinism, Free Will, Natural Law, Sin

Aquinas the Catholic

Sometimes, and for reasons that honestly escape me, certain Protestants will attempt to say that St. Thomas was “one of them:” Not that he was literally Protestant of course, for that would be anachronistic, but rather some folks claim that

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Posted in Apologetics, Aquinas - Theology, Blessed Virgin, Protestantism, Scripture, Sin

Perfect Mistake

Perfectionism is a blunder. It assumes that perfection is attainable by us imperfect creatures. Even the perfectionist knows he isn’t perfect. That is part of the pathology. It is what leads the average perfectionist to have a poor opinion of

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