I am writing this DM on January 28 which is the Feast Day of Thomas Aquinas. It won’t appear until Monday, however, so it will be two days late.
It was my privilege to lecture at the Weber conference center of the Dominican sisters in Adrian, Michigan a few days ago on Thomas Aquinas and my book,The Tao of Thomas Aquinas which in turn is drawn from my major work, Sheer Joy: Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality. In that book I offer translations from many of his Biblical commentaries and other works such as his Commentary on Dennis the Areopagite’s Divine Names book that have never been translated before
Each chapter title in the Tao book is a sentence taken from Aquinas and at the end of the book I created a poem simply made of these title chapters. A poem by Aquinas (gathered by myself). I offer that poem here.
Conclusion: The Tao of Fierce Wisdom by Thomas Aquinas
The experience of God
must not be restricted
to the few
or to the old.
“’They shall get drunk
on the beauty
of thy house,’
i.e. the Universe.”
in two volumes:
and the Bible.
The greatness of the human person
consists in this:
that we are
capable of the universe.
A mistake about nature
a mistake about God.
Sheer Joy is God’s
and this demands
Joy is the human’s
The first and primary meaning of salvation
To preserve all things in the good.
The same Spirit who hovered over the waters
at the beginning of creation
hovers over the mind of the artist
We ought to cherish the body
and celebrate the wonderful communion
of body and soul.
To be continued.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas, pp. 191f.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
What touches you deeply from Aquinas’ poem?
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Foreword by Ilia Delio.
“What a wonderful book! Only Matt Fox could bring to life the wisdom and brilliance of Aquinas with so much creativity. The Tao of Thomas Aquinas is a masterpiece.”
–Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit