Why every Christian
should be a theologian

Today is the feast of “the Angelic Doctor,” St Thomas Aquinas. Studying at the Abbey of Monte Cassino as a boy, Thomas interrogated every new teacher with the same question: “Who is God? Please explain God to me.” Eventually, of course, Thomas concluded that knowing God is not a question of mere study, but above all else a spiritual endeavour. Shortly before his death, on the feast of St Nicholas, 6 December 1273, the saintly priest stopped writing. A brother Dominican, Reginald of Piperno, recalls the day: He was excited by an extraordinary alteration, and after that Mass never wrote or...

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