Articles tagged: summa-theologica

Great Books: 31 Political Works Recommended by Faithful Catholic Colleges

Literature Philosophy

SPL Staff • May 15th, 2015

Listers, certain "Great Books" have shaped the course of the Western world. Mortimer J. Adler, a Roman Catholic philosopher and professor, presented three criterion for a book to be considered "great," he stated: The book has contemporary significance: that is, it has relevance to the problems... Read More →

May Catholics Overthrow or Even Kill a Tyrant? - 9 Comments by Aquinas

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • May 11th, 2015

Listers, may Catholics overthrow or even kill a tyrant? The answer to this question is one St. Thomas Aquinas pondered over his lifetime. In contemplating the assassination of Julius Caesar, a young Aquinas seemed to state that not only can a Catholic kill a tyrant, there are times he should be... Read More →

4 Reasons Aquinas on Rights and Modern Individual Rights are Very Different

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2015

Listers, at an academic seminar studying the differences between ancient and modern thought, the concept of individual rights was presented. It was stated that the modern notion of individual rights (and even the natural right concepts of early modernity) was in direct contradiction to the... Read More →

Charioteer of the Virtues: 6 Lessons on Prudence & her Contrary Vices

Philosophy

SPL Staff • December 29th, 2014

Listers, Aristotle ("the Philosopher") defined prudence as  "right reason applied to action."1 Similarly, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches, "prudence is the virtue that disposes practical reason to discern our true good in every circumstance and to choose the right means of achieving... Read More →

The West has Lost its Moral Vocabulary: 8 Traditional Catholic Answers about Virtue

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • November 1st, 2014

Listers, what does it mean to be a good person? In modernity, the moral vocabulary of society has shifted from a virtue-based language to one of values. Virtues are rooted in reason and reflect a common moral standard for all men. Values are rooted in the individual and reflect an autonomous... Read More →

The Daughters of Lust: 5 Questions on How They Pervert the Soul

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • September 4th, 2014

Listers, if a person invites lust into his heart, the daughters of lust will soon follow and nest deep within it. A vice is not a single act. Both vice and virtue are habits. Habits are described by both Aristotle and Aquinas as a species of the category of "quality," and qualities are... Read More →

The 6 Step Guide to Aquinas' Natural Law in a Modern World

Philosophy

SPL Staff • March 16th, 2014

Brief Outline of the Four Laws Eternal Law – A type of the Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end. Divine Law – The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God's self-revelation. The Old Law – Extrinsic focus, fear, and earthly rewards – foreshadows the NT The New... Read More →

Divine Government: 6 Questions by Aquinas on the Eternal Law

Theology

SPL Staff • February 25th, 2014

SPL on Aquinas' Treatment of Law - Summa Theologica Reference Law and the Common Good: 9 Introductory Catholic Questions - I-II.90 Think Like a Catholic: 7 Questions on the Four Laws - I-II.91 4 Reasons God Gave Us Scripture (Divine Law) by Aquinas - I-II.91.4 Does the Law Exist to Make Men... Read More →

8 Considerations on Whether Christ had Acquired, Infused, or Beatific Knowledge

Theology

SPL Staff • March 24th, 2013

A Word of Caution In his epistle to I Corinthians, St. Paul writes, "I fed you with milk, not solid food; for you were not ready for it; and even yet you are not ready, for you are still of the flesh." The following Thomistic contemplation on the knowledge of Christ is meat. SPL has written... Read More →

13 Videos from the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph

Theology

SPL Staff • March 22nd, 2013

Listers, laudare - benedicere - praedicare. What is a Dominican? According to the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, "The Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans, was founded by St. Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221), a Spanish priest who was struck by the need for preaching the... Read More →

The 2 Books by Cardinal Ratzinger that Will Change Your Life

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • March 9th, 2013

Listers, if Catholics are to live a life of virtue then there are two primary sciences - bodies of knowledge - all Catholics should study: the "Noble Science" and the "Queen of the Sciences." The corpus of writings from Cardinal Ratzinger is as vast and as it is impressive. An excellent survey of... Read More →

10 Popes Comment on the Virtue & Intellect of St. Thomas Aquinas

History

SPL Staff • February 15th, 2013

Listers, the following is taken from The Formation of the Catholic Mind by Dr. Ronald A. McArthur. Dr. McArthur is the founding president of the highly praised_ _Thomas Aquinas College in California. The Most Rev. Pietro Sambi (†), Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, once stated, "The Church... Read More →

The 24 Theses of St. Thomas Aquinas with Citations and Commentary

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • February 10th, 2013

Listers, "with the decree Postquam sanctissimus of 27 July 1914, Pope St. Pius X declared that 24 theses formulated by 'teachers from various institutions ... clearly contain the principles and more important thoughts' of Thomas. Principal contributors to the Church's official statement of the... Read More →

Catholic Countdown: The Top 20 Lists of 2012

History

SPL Staff • January 28th, 2013

Listers, in little over a year St. Peter's List has become a rapidly growing community of faithful Catholics. Our I Stand with the Catholic Church graphics have been used in religious liberty rallies around the nation and listers have sent fantastic photos of themselves and their loved ones... Read More →

The Path to Hell is Paved with the Skulls of Bishops: 8 Quotes and Sources

History Theology

SPL Staff • October 17th, 2012

Listers, priests and bishops having been erring as long as humans have occupied those offices. However, the quotes that most strongly articulate this truth are shrouded in ambiguity regarding their primary sources. SPL has complied the most common germane quotes shared on Catholic blogs and given... Read More →

Lust and Our Common Good: 4 Observations by St. Thomas Aquinas

Theology

SPL Staff • October 3rd, 2012

Listers, a portion of St. Thomas Aquinas' brilliance is attributed to his ability to state that which we all already know but struggle to articulate. The question Is lust a sin? seems absurd, but by asking these questions and answering them in thomistic fullness the Angelic Doctor is able to lead... Read More →

Think Animals and Plants Do Not Have Souls? - 3 Lists to Make You Think Again

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 29th, 2012

Listers, it is my experience that two immediate thoughts occur when a Catholic reads about Sacred Tradition holding animals and plants to have souls. The first is the thought of heresy or some modernist revision of a classic teaching is being submitted. Normally the quick acknowledgment that... Read More →

Aquinas: 9 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Mortal Sin

Theology

SPL Staff • August 10th, 2012

Listers after an excellent discourse on why gluttony is a sin in article one, the Angelic Doctor discusses whether or not gluttony is a mortal sin. The Baltimore Catechism states a "mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God." The catechism continues: "this sin is called mortal... Read More →

The 3 Part Catechesis on St. Thomas Aquinas by Pope Benedict XVI

Theology

SPL Staff • August 6th, 2012

Part I Eucharistic Soul 9 Statements by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Thomas Aquinas Listers, Pope Benedict XVI describes St. Thomas Aquinas as having an "exquisitely Eucharistic soul." The following is taken from a talk delivered by the Holy Father on June 2nd, 2010 and he also delivered a follow... Read More →

8 Thoughts on Whether Gluttony Is a Sin

Philosophy Theology

SPL Staff • August 1st, 2012

Listers, the following is taken in full from St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica II-II.148.1 On Gluttony. The Summa Theologica is widely considered the magnum opus of the Angelic Doctor's short life. The work is broken down into a question and answer format and its importance is best summed up... Read More →
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