St. Thomas Aquinas—Heaven and Earth Will Pass
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“Dearest brethren, how great the delight, how great the pleasure, how great the sweetness that is in the heavenly words of wisdom!”
In honor of his feast day today, we’re featuring, for the first time on this podcast, St. Thomas Aquinas. Known as the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas is, arguably, the most influential theologian and philosopher that the Church has ever seen.
St. Thomas lived well past the time of the Church Fathers, but his magnum opus, The Summa Theologica, is greatly indebted to the Fathers. Along with the Bible and the works of Aristotle, the Church Fathers are cited by him throughout the Summa as among the most authoritative sources.
No doubt many of our listeners will be familiar with his Summa and many of his other works, but perhaps fewer will be familiar with his sermons.
We have in his sermons everything one would expect from Aquinas: references throughout to Aristotle, careful enumeration and categorization, and nearly every point made is substantiated with a direct scriptural quotation. In the sermon we’ll be hearing today, Aquinas manages to unpack quite a bit from five simple words: “Heaven and earth will pass.”
If you’ve appreciated St. Thomas in the past, you’ll enjoy this sermon; and if you’ve never read Aquinas at all, you’ll find here a characteristic taste of his fascinating intellect and personality.
Translation courtesy of Catholic University of America Press: https://www.hfsbooks.com/books/the-academic-sermons-aquinas-hoogland/
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