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Beatitude: A Commentary on St. Thomas' Theological Summa, Ia IIae, qq. 1-54 By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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"Morality," writes Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, "is the science of imitating God." In this exploration of St. Thomas's account of the moral life, he begins from the angelic doctor's... More > teaching on the human person as the image of God, and proceeds from there to describe how, by growth in virtue, one is conformed more and more to God's likeness. One becomes an imitator of God -- and in this, one finds one's "happiness" (beatitudo). Happiness, for the Christian tradition as expounded by St. Thomas, can be found here on earth by imitating God and so living now the life of heaven -- even amidst great pain and suffering. This is no easy happiness; but it is a happiness for which the human person was created, a happiness ultimately to be consummated in the beatific vision of the Lord, for which one shall have been prepared by imitating God in earthly life.< Less
Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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[Hardcover] Dominican Garrigou-Lagrange was one of the most prominent thomistic theologians of the early and mid-twentieth century. This volume is his attempt to summarize a philosophical and... More > theological worldview of thomism: Interpreting the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and his successors, reality is seen in light of the central doctrines of the Trinity, of Creation, and of the Incarnation of the Son as Jesus Christ, in Whom humankind is drawn into the intimacy of the inner life of the Triune God. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange argues on behalf of 24 thomistic theses, which he presents as a lens through which to view salvation, the Sacraments, the Mother of the Redeemer, and the spiritual life whereby the divine image is restored in the soul. This work, which has been out of print for decades, is of interest to any who wish to enhance their understanding of the recent Catholic theological tradition through an acquaintance with this major and often controversial figure.< Less
Christ the Savior By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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[Hardcover] Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange interprets St. Thomas on the Incarnation of God the Son, by which humankind is saved. He treats the Incarnation's motive, the hypostatic union, and its effects. He... More > discusses such difficult problems as Christ's freedom and impeccability, the intrinsically infinite value of His merits and satisfaction, His predestination and ours, and the reconciliation of His Passion's extreme sorrow with the supreme happiness He experienced in the summit of His soul. All is referred to the plenitude of His grace. This plenitude caused the beatific vision in the summit of His soul while also prompting His ardent love as priest and victim, so that He willed to be overwhelmed with grief and to die a perfect holocaust. In all, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange upholds Christ's unity inasmuch as He is one personal Being, although He has two really distinct and infinitely different natures. Christ's Person is the sole principle of all His theandric operations. At the book's end is a compendium on Mariology.< Less
The One God By Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange
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[Hardcover] Expounding St. Thomas's teaching on God in the first part of the Summa, Father Garrigou-Lagrange not only discusses the attributes of the one God who revealed Himself to Moses, but treats... More > also of the very basis for this discussion in the first place—the nature of sacra doctrina (“holy teaching” or “sacred doctrine”) and the pursuit of theology as a “science” (a body of knowledge) that has God Himself for its object and ultimate goal. To comment, therefore, on the first part of the Summa is to comment not only on God but also on the theological pursuit to which St. Thomas gave himself—a pursuit that has as its goal the beatific vision of God. In discussing the place of St. Thomas amidst patristic, medieval, and modern theologians, Garrigou-Lagrange argues in behalf both of the sanctifying end of theology and the synthetic genius of St. Thomas who, he says, summed up the preceding tradition and left a deposit of reflection on God that can scarcely be surpassed.< Less