NearÂ the end of his life, St. Thomas Aquinas stopped writing.Â He declared that, in light of a mysterious grace God had given him, â€œall that I have written seems as so much straw.â€
To celebrate his feast day tomorrow, you might say that the Aquinas Institute will give away a pile of strawâ€”about 200 pounds of it.Â The winner of our random drawing will receive the complete opera omnia of St. Thomas, 56 hardbound volumes in parallel Latin and English texts.
There is only one day left to enter the drawing, so please spread the word!Â Even if you have already entered, you can enter as many times as you like:
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Who do you know who needs these texts? Â Students? Colleagues? Â Classmates? Â Perhaps your parish priest? Â Please pass on our post to anyone who wants to study St. Thomas but can’t afford to buy the complete set.
No doubt those who enjoy the Beatific Vision share St. Thomasâ€™s appraisal of his own work. Â Very likely we would feel the same way, if we had shared in his mystical experience.Â But as viatores slogging our way toward the Heavenly Jerusalem, usually without the benefit of mystical insight, we have to agree with what our Lord himself said to St. Thomas from the cross:
Bene scripsisti de me, Thoma:Â â€œYou have written well of me, Thomas.â€