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Overview

The purpose of this site is to promote the teachings St Thomas Aquinas because of his preeminence as a teacher of wisdom - both philosophical and, more especially, theological.

We have decided to do this by making available in one place all the works of Fr Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. that have been translated into English, starting with his commentaries on the Summa.

Although these commentaries are written as textbooks rather than a light afternoon read, they contain much useful background material that helps to explain the signficance of St Thomas' solutions. The effort to read them is amply repaid. While seeing the consequences of errors played out in history and hearing other distinguished commentators of the past explain obscure passages, the visitor is taken safely through a vast philosophical / theological landscape and quickly comes to appreciate the awesome gift God has given to us - the Church and, indeed, all men - in St Thomas Aquinas.

In the true spirit of Vatican II

This site has nothing to do with pre and post Vatican II arguments. St Thomas is the heritage of the universal Church today as much as in the past and it is in this spirit that we labor to bring these commentaries online. We need this great saint's guidance on the big issues today as much as ever.

As Cardinal Ratzinger says in "The Ratzinger Report" before becoming Pope, " ... it must be stated that Vatican I and the Council of Trent, namely, the Pope and the College of Bishops in communion with him, and that also with regard to its contents, Vatican II is in the strictest continuity with both previous councils and incorporates their texts word for word in decisive points."

The text then continues "From this Ratzinger drew two conclusions. First: 'It is impossible ("for a Catholic") to take a position for or against Trent or Vatican I. Whoever accepts Vatican II, as it has clearly expressed and understood itself, at the same time accepts the whole binding tradition of the Catholic Church, particularly also the two previous councils. And that also applies to the so-called 'progressivism', at least in its extreme forms.' Second: 'It is likewise impossible to decide in favour of Trent and Vatican I, but against Vatican II. Whoever denies Vatican II denies the authority that upholds the other two councils and thereby detaches them from their foundation. And this applies to the so-called "traditionalism", also in its extreme forms.' 'Every partisan choice destroys the whole (the very history of the Church) which can exist only as an indivisible unity.' "

 

"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."

Blessed Henry Suso

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