Thomas Aquinas

Today, on Roman Catholic and Anglican calendars, the remembrance of Thomas Aquinas is the order of the day.

He was a 13th century theologian that has had more affect on modern theology than any other you might name.  He made the work of Aristotle available to the Christian faith in a way that no other theologian had ever tried.  In his day, he was a radical on the edge of the conservative hierarchy.  In our day, he is found firmly in the middle of Christian theology and worldview.

I started to read his works more readily when a guy named Hauerwas showed up at Duke while I was a student and would quote from the Summa Theologica frequently. At the time It was mind altering thought for a Methodist from South Alabama.  Years later, I realize that I was being introduced to ancient-future wisdom.

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Scriptures for the Day:

Psalm 119:97-104
Wisdom 7:7-14
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Matthew 13:47-52 

Collect:

Almighty God, you have enriched your Church with the singular learning and holiness of your servant Thomas Aquinas: Enlighten us more and more, we pray, by the disciplined thinking and teaching of Christian scholars, and deepen our devotion by the example of saintly lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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