Sad to say that I have reached my mid-forties before 'getting' St Thomas (and Aristotle). The Eureka! moment came with Dr Edward Feser's remarkable book, The Last Superstition which I thoroughly recommend.
The good professor's blog is tremendous knockabout stuff for such highbrow subject matter. To be praised by Sir Anthony Kenny as making Aquinas readable is praise indeed. To be sure Dr Feser's tone can sometimes be a little on the robust side , but he's taking the fight to Dawkins and the Dawkinseenies don't like it up 'em. In a page-turner of a treatise, written with much humour, Dawkins is shown in forensic detail to be the shallow schoolyard bully one had always suspected him of being.
By complete chance I was halfway though this book when I found myself looking through the book sale at the local swimming pool in Vancouver while waiting for the kids to finish a session and found (in amongst the Tom Clancy novels and the Mommy-porn) a copy of Maritain's St Thomas Aquinas (which I bought for 50 cents).
I'm ashamed to say that despite having attended a school dedicated to the Angelic Doctor, I can remember very little being said of him - I am pretty sure that in the spirit of the age (1976-1983) we were taught nothing of the greatest philosopher and theologian in the Church's history (Boff, Kung and Rahner got a mention, needless to say). I tried reading Copleston's account but just didn't get it.
I recommend Dr Feser's book (and blog). I'm starting a medical ethics degree later this year. Feser's grounding in Natural Law will be a good antidote to the fashionable nonsense I will no doubt encounter.
PS: note to St Mungo's bookshop - get lots of copies of The Last Superstition in stock.
In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act
Archbishop Cranmer is under attack. His Grace has received an email fro the Advertsing Standards Authority, asking him to remove an advert for The Coalition For Marriage. Apparently, having a number of pictures of brides and grooms on their wedding day and pointing out the fact that 70% of the respondents in a poll for c4m see no need for a change in the law is "offensive and homophobic".
So let me get this straight. Posting pictures of married couples and the results of a poll is "offensive and homophobic" and requires withdrawal. Sorry, but it won't wash. As we say in this part of Scotland - away an' boil yer heid.
I would urge you all to download and post the "offending" picture, above and post it as widely as possible. Let's hope it goes viral - pass it on.
The price for apostasy in Islam - often played down by the media - is death. Many of our brethren in the Middle East have found that never having been a Muslim is enough to get them killed. Even being a devout Muslim would appear to be not enough to spare you from the executioner's sword as Khalil Dale, late of Dumfries, was to find to his cost.
Mr Dale, known as Ken until his conversion to Mohammedanism, sounds to have been a good man by all accounts. He unedrtook humanitarian work for the Red Cross in Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq after converting to Islam over twenty years ago and changing his name from Ken to Khalil Rasjed. He was kidnapped and beheaded by the Taliban in Pakistan for his pains. It would seem his membership of the Ummah counted for nothing with these savages.
I feel very sorry for him and his family - the reward of his labours was death. As was pointed out elsewhere: "I guess multiculturalism isn't always a two way street. The unfortunate chap learned more about his adopted Religion of Peace than he bargained for."
Apologies. As was pointed out on the previous post, Roodmas was never celebrated on the 1st May but on the 3rd May as the Finding of the Holy Cross, as two minutes with my dad's old St Andrew's Missal would have discovered. Blessed John XXIII united the feast in 1960 (I understand) with the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14th.
I love May - such a gentle month when Spring properly takes hold. I have never been to Oxford for May Morning, but the Hymnus Eucharisticus sung at dawn from Magdalen Tower is very beautiful in both form and content.
Te Deum Patrem colimus, Te laudibus prosequimur, qui corpus cibo reficis, coelesti mentem gratia.
Te adoramus, O Jesu, Te, Fili unigenite, Te, qui non dedignatus es subire claustra Virginis.
Actus in crucem, factus est irato Deo victima per te, Salvator unice vitae spes nobis rediit.
It seems some people can't be trusted to use their God-given intelligence and realise how the internet works. I must therefore point out that some of the content of the blogs below does not necessarily represent the views of the author. But you're big boys and girls, aren't you? You can exercise a little critical judgement can't you.