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Ad Fontes: Fall 2021 Classes

Ad Fontes: Fall 2021 Classes

Earlier this year I found myself studying Pope Pius XII’s 1950 encyclical, “Humani Generis” (On the Human Race). This dazzling document confronts the errors that the human mind can easily fall into, many rooted in either trusting human reason to pass judgment on...

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Aquinas and Dante

Aquinas and Dante

This summer, the Aquinas Institute will be offering two intensive courses focusing on the contributions of two monumental authors: St. Thomas Aquinas and Dante. The Aquinas Institute’s two summer courses can almost be seen to be emblematic of the relationship of the liberal arts to theology. Dante employs the vast riches of human arts and humanities to initiate the training of the senses and imagination that will prepare the mind to seek first the kingdom. St. Thomas holds the First Mover and the end of existence in a fixed gaze, focusing on what precedes the created world and will remain after symbols have fallen away.

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Thomas, Joseph, and Augustine

Thomas, Joseph, and Augustine

The way Thomas Aquinas interprets the dilemma of St. Joseph says a lot about our current age. While we focus on avoiding evil, Thomas focused on the holiness of God. Read the post for a special announcement about the works of St. Augustine!

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Aquinas on Hope

Aquinas on Hope

What is hope? What can we hope for? Can a Christian place his hope in anything other than God? In our own striving for the one arduous and difficult good that is the purpose of human life, it is not only St. Thomas’s luminous teaching that can help us, but his even more luminous example.

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New Release: Aquinas on Aristotle’s Metaphysics

New Release: Aquinas on Aristotle’s Metaphysics

The Aquinas Institute is pleased to announce the publication of St. Thomas’s commentary on Aristotle’s Metaphysics in a new Latin-English edition, with the text of Aristotle in Latin, Greek, and English. Volume I and Volume II can be purchased through the St. Paul...

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Discuss the Great Books Online: for College Credit

Discuss the Great Books Online: for College Credit

There are many excellent Catholic brick-and-mortar colleges these days, and several good online programs. Nonetheless, few students discover the tremendous heritage of Western civilization, and, for various reasons, only a tiny percentage of all Catholics will attend...

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The Pamplona Exemplar

The Pamplona Exemplar

On February 18 we had the great pleasure and privilege of viewing one of the authoritative original manuscripts of Thomas Aquinas’s commentary on Book III of the Sentences: the Pamplona university exemplar. A university exemplar is a master copy made from an author’s...

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Mother of God, Queen of Heaven

Mother of God, Queen of Heaven

In 1858 Our Lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a young girl in Lourdes, France. Our Lady called herself the Immaculate Conception. One year later Our Lady appeared to Adele Brise, a young woman in Champion, Wisconsin, and called herself the Queen of Heaven. Both...

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