Letters From a Young Catholic

My reflections as a Catholic young adult passionate about the Faith, seeking to grow in knowledge and understanding of God and discerning the will of the Lord in my life.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Daily Dose of Aquinas

Are you craving for more Aquinas? Wanting to wrap your head around the Summa? Well, I've got the solution for you. One of my professors (I'll be taking Metaphysics and Latin with him this coming semester) has been slowly but surely blogging the Summa. So, for your daily dose of St. Thomas Aquinas, go check out Summa Theologiae.

Here's an example from this past Sunday:

Q34 A2: Whether "Word" is the Son's proper name?

Yes. "Word," said of God in its proper sense, is used personally, and is the proper name of the person of the Son because it signifies an emanation of the intellect (and the person Who proceeds in God, by way of emanation of the intellect, is called the Son)."To be" and "to understand" are not the same in us. Hence that which in us has intellectual being, does not belong to our nature.But in God "to be" and "to understand" are one and the same: hence the Word of God is not an accident in Him, or an effect of His, but belongs to His very nature. And therefore it must needs be something subsistent, for whatever is in the nature of God subsists.The Son's nativity, which is His personal property, is signified by different names, which are attributed to the Son to express His perfection in various ways.To show that He is of the same nature as the Father, He is called the Son.To show that He is co-eternal, He is called the Splendor.To show that He is altogether like, He is called the Image.To show that He is begotten immaterially, He is called the Word.All these truths cannot be expressed by only one name.In God the Word proceeding does not differ really from the divine intellect, but is distinguished from the principle of the Word only by relation.

Blogs such as this help prevent our brains from turning to mush during the summer months! :-)