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On Prayer and the Contemplative Life

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Tim Woody
Mar 12, 2015 Tim Woody rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pastors and worship leaders
There is a lot of good to be said about this book. First of all it gives a good historical perspective on things like praying to the Saints and to religious orders. It also offers a window into the personal theology of S. Thomas Aquinas especially on issues such as free will, and primary and secondary causes. But my favorite parts were those that offered insight into the good of prayer and reflection. S. Aquinas also pulls in quotes from earlier church fathers which I found to be beneficial.
St. Thomas Aquinas is one several theologians and thinkers who have over the centuries had great impact on Catholic theology. He was a prolific writer, which is all the more remarkable for the fact that his writing is rather technical and "dense". He strove for logical and theological clarity, and his arguments had a coherent and precise structure.

In this “On Prayer and The Contemplative Life,” the reader gets an introduction to St. Thomas’ thought and writing structure which consist of: 1. A t
Although the book's introduction gives a great summary of the saint's life, and although Aquinas' insights are at times inspiring, the rhetorical method in which he presents his arguments (as article-objections-Sed contra) is tiresome and breaks up the continuity of the work to such a degree that I'd skip this one unless you're interested in it from a historio-theological viewpoint.
This was my summer reading of something I've always wanted to read. I made it through it, and I had a few epiphanies during the summer of reading and contemplating.
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Thomas Aquinas (sometimes styled Thomas of Aquin or Aquino), was a Dominican friar and priest notable as a scholastic theologian and philosopher. He is honored as a saint and "Doctor of the Church" in the Roman Catholic tradition.

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