"My response is to get down on my knees before the Father, this magnificent Father who parcels out all heaven and earth. I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit – not brute strength but glorious inner strength – that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in. And I ask him that with both feet planted on love, you'll be able to take in with all followers of Jesus the extravagant dimensions of Christ's
love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God." [Ephesians 3:14-19.Translation from The Message – The Bible in Contemporary Language by Eugene Peterson.]

Course: Thomas Aquinas on Faith

Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
JAndrew Murray sm
Starts 10am Tues 3 March
In his treatment of the virtues in Summa Theologiae I-II qq. 55-67, Thomas divides them into the intellectual, moral and theological virtues. The theological virtues are faith, hope and charity (see 1 Corinthians 13:13). Although a less agreeable term in English, they are so named because their object is God (Theos), they are infused by God, and they are made known to us by Divine Revelation (q. 62, a. 1).

This course (the first of three in the series)

will involve a careful reading of a selection of Saint Thomas Aquinas’s writings on faith, centred on Summa Theologiae II-II qq. 1 – 16. Students will be introduced to Thomas and instructed in how to read his work. Thomas deals with faith as precepts or content, as a human act, and as a virtue. We will follow these distinctions and see Thomas justify the definition of the virtue of faith in Hebrews 11: 1, ‘Faith is the substance of things to be hoped for, the evidence of things that appear not’ and reconcile it with other definitions of his time.

Andrew Murray is a Marist Father, who spent most of his life teaching philosophy, first at Catholic Theological Union and then at Catholic Institute of Sydney. He maintains a special interest in Thomas Aquinas and Aristotle.

Presenter: Rev Dr Andrew Murray sm
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington Street, The Rocks, Sydney
When: Four Tuesday mornings, 10am - 12noon, 3 - 24 March 2020
Cost: $150/person (including printed readings and notes)

Nobody will be turned away simply because they cannot afford to pay. Offer a donation if you cannot pay the full registration fee.

For further information please telephone 02 9247 4651 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please register before the course starts so that notes will be available.

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