Thomism as a way of devotion

I’ve given my life over to discipleship to St. Thomas: I read him habitually every morning, I make cards trying to memorize his words and arguments, I own almost everything he’s written and have ready access to what I don’t have, almost all my love of Latin is propped up by love of him, everything I read is in one way or another related to understanding him better. I named my own son after him, and plan to so name all the future ones. And after all this, what? Should I see him in heaven, he would walk right past me to speak to anyone who loved Christ more.

This is no argument against being a scholar: the plain fact is St. Thomas is a certain way of devotion for scholar-types. Devotion to the teaching of St. Thomas is the best way I know of for academic types to grow in love of Christ, and the Church has encouraged seeing him in this way. I only write all this to point out that thomism is essentially a way of devotion to Christ for academics. If we loose sight of this then thomism- like any other work of mercy- can just as easily become a road to perdition.

Just to add a clarification: any activity can be allied to the Christian life- cleaning streets, providing food to people, being a lawyer, being a politician, and so also being a scholar. But just as Christians being lawyers doesn’t make “Christian law”, so too philosophers being Christians doesn’t make “Christian philosophy”. A Christian philosopher is recognized as a Christian in the same way that any other person is: by his love, joy, kindness, mercifulness, self-control.

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