Saint Thomas and the Life of Learning

Saint Thomas and the Life of Learning

Saint Thomas and the Life of Learning

Saint Thomas and the Life of Learning

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From the time when as a child he wearied the monks of the abbey of Monte Cassino with his question, "What is God?" up to the day when he waved aside his secretary with the words, "I can do no more," and left the Summa Theologica an unfinished monument to his genius, St. Thomas had given all his years to a life of learning, along with what to him was its necessary complement, the life of teaching. For he thought it was unfair to the student and would take from him the greatest spur to study, if at the end of study the right to teach was not accorded him; just as it would be discouraging to the fighting spirit of the soldier if after the toil of battle the fruits of victory were withdrawn.

This life of learning along with his inner life with God makes up his whole biography. Not as if these were two lives lived side by side: the life of learning and the inner life with God. He would not have deserved to . . .

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