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The Greatness of St. Albert

The Greatness of St. Albert

Despite being one of only a handful of saints with the title “Great,” St. Albert seems to live in the shadow of his greatest pupil, St. Thomas Aquinas. Any description of the life of this doctor of the Church necessarily focuses on the fact that he was St. Thomas’s teacher—sometimes as though it was his greatest achievement. Yet perhaps this does give us the key to St. Albert’s greatness.

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A New Direction for Spring 2022

A New Direction for Spring 2022

How do I get back there? How do I return to thinking about the important things and asking meaningful questions? How do we keep our lives trained on the True, the Good, and the Beautiful once we leave school? And what about those of us who never had the chance to explore what really matters while we were in school?

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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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