Humility in the light of St. Thomas
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Humility in the light of St. Thomas thesis presented to the Faculty of Theology, Fribourg University, Switzerland, to obtain the degree of Doctor in Theology by John Tarasievitch

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Published by s.n. in [S.l .
Written in English


  • Thomas, -- Aquinas, Saint, -- 1225?-1274,
  • Humility -- Christianity.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [i]-iv).

Statementby John Tarasievitch.
The Physical Object
Pagination310 p. ;
Number of Pages310
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL18069577M

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  Image: John William Waterhouse, The Missal, [Public Domain] In giving the technical definition of the virtue of humility, the Catholic Encyclopedia writes, “Humility signifies lowliness or submissiveness and it is derived from the Latin humilitas or, as St. Thomas [Aquinas] says, from humus, i.e. the earth which is beneath applied to persons and things it means that which is. St. Bernard "The virtue of humility consists in keeping oneself within one's own bounds, not reaching out to things above one, but submitting to one's superior." St. Thomas “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew For St. Thomas Aquinas, humility is about recognizing the truth about oneself, which entails recognizing both our limitations and our gifts. For example, if someone told Lebron James that he is one of the greatest basketball players ever to play—and if Lebron gave credit to his coaches and those who have helped him along the way and ultimately to God—then Lebron could say in all humility, “Thank you” .   In his book Difficulties in Mental Prayer, Dom Eugene Boylan, OCR claims that the acts of humility that undergird the life of prayer assure us that, even when prayer is arid or distracted, our prayer is still fruitful. Our humble efforts at prayer may seem unsuccessful, but they please God as much as when we clearly see and experience the.

St. Thomas Aquinas explains that by obedience we slay our own will by humbly giving way to another’s voice (Summa Theologiae, II-II, ). Slay is a rather exciting word and it is rather. The Gospel of St. Thomas declares that the Kingdom of God exists upon the earth today if people just open their eyes. There is "divine light" within all of us, which allows us to see the Kingdom of God in our physical surroundings. The Image of God at the beginning of creation (Genesis 1) still exists today.   In “The Gospel of Thomas: Jesus Said What?” in the July/August issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, New Testament scholar Simon Gathercole examines what the sayings of Jesus from the Gospel of Thomas reveal about the early Christian world in which they were , read the sayings of Jesus as translated by Stephen J. Patterson and James M. Robinson and .   Jan. THOMAS AQUINAS, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Jan. ST. JOHN BOSCO, PRIEST. Prayer vid + 2nd Reading (Divine Office) Jan. 24 ST FRANCIS DE SALES, Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Devotion must be practised in different ways. February. Feb. 2: THE PRESENTATION OF OUR LORD. Meaning and consequences of the feast. AV prayer + text.

Overview To be humble is to recognize gratefully our dependence on the Lord—to understand that we have constant need for His support. Humility is an acknowledgment that our talents and abilities are gifts from God. It is not a sign of weakness, timidity, or fear; . St. Thomas Aquinas defines it this way: “Humility means seeing ourselves as God sees us: knowing every good we have comes from Him as pure gift” (Summa Q). It is pride, more than anything, that tempts us to see ourselves through the eyes of the world and through the lens of others’ opinions. From the example of Christ and His Saints we may learn the practice of humility, which St. Thomas explains (Contra Gent., bk, III, ): "The spontaneous embracing of humiliations is a practice of humility not in any and every case but when it is done for a needful purpose: for humility being a virtue, does nothing indiscreetly. It is then not humility but folly to embrace any and every humiliation: but . Humility serves charity "by disposing us to this union with God, by moving us to submit wholly to Him in all things” (St. Thomas, Sentence Commentary, 4 d. 12 q. 3 a. 2 qc. 3 ad 1). Humility is also a key to the exercise and growth of fraternal charity. "True humility never was, .