St. Thomas Aquinas: Master Theologian and Your Spiritual Guide

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Aquinas Institute of Theology
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St. Thomas Aquinas: Master Theologian and Your Spiritual Guide

Podcast-style audio & video course -
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Aquinas Institute of Theology
(6 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

Let one of the greatest theologians in the history of Christianity be your spiritual guide.

St. Thomas Aquinas OP (1224-1274) towers in the history of Christian thought as a mystic, spiritual master, theologian, philosopher, teacher, and preacher. Along with St. Augustine, his synthesis of Christian teaching and exposition of the truth of the Catholic faith remains unsurpassed in Western Christianity.

Now, to make his core teachings accessible, we are delighted to bring you a remarkable professor, Fr. Donald Goergen, OP. Through 12 powerful audio conferences, you will explore the key themes of his thought, especially in his Summa Theologica. You will derive spiritual direction from his balanced way of thinking. 

You will explore such insights of Aquinas’s thought as creation, the search for human happiness, the life of moral and intellectual virtues, the life of charity, Christ and the sacraments of the Church, and the life of the blessed in heaven.

Aquinas was an intellectually curious thinker unafraid to change his mind, a man of bold and innovative insights deeply committed

Let one of the greatest theologians in the history of Christianity be your spiritual guide.

St. Thomas Aquinas OP (1224-1274) towers in the history of Christian thought as a mystic, spiritual master, theologian, philosopher, teacher, and preacher. Along with St. Augustine, his synthesis of Christian teaching and exposition of the truth of the Catholic faith remains unsurpassed in Western Christianity.

Now, to make his core teachings accessible, we are delighted to bring you a remarkable professor, Fr. Donald Goergen, OP. Through 12 powerful audio conferences, you will explore the key themes of his thought, especially in his Summa Theologica. You will derive spiritual direction from his balanced way of thinking. 

You will explore such insights of Aquinas’s thought as creation, the search for human happiness, the life of moral and intellectual virtues, the life of charity, Christ and the sacraments of the Church, and the life of the blessed in heaven.

Aquinas was an intellectually curious thinker unafraid to change his mind, a man of bold and innovative insights deeply committed to the Catholic tradition. His theology flows as much from his life of prayer as it does from intellectual acumen. Whatever your level of familiarity with Aquinas’s thought, you will find great insights under the guidance of Fr. Goergen.

You will treasure this remarkable course.

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Donald Goergen, O.P., Ph.D., is a Dominican priest, teacher, lecturer, and author. He has published many articles and ten books in the areas of Christology and Christian Spirituality. His most recent book was Fire of Love: Encountering the Holy Spirit. He has taught, lectured and given retreats in Asia, Africa, and throughout North America. He was previously Provincial for the Dominican Friars of the Central Province as well as President of the Dominican Leadership Conference.
He co-founded the Dominican Ashram, a contemplative Dominican community and ministry of prayer, in which he lived for nine years. He previously taught and currently teaches at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where he is also prior of the formation community. His doctorate is in systematic theology, his dissertation on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his current interests include contemplative traditions, East and West, the evolution of consciousness, and the thought of Thomas Aquinas as a spiritual master. Among other honors awarded him, he is the recipient of the 2010 Yves Congar Award from Barry University in Miami.
Praise for Donald Goergen 
“The finest professor with whom I have had the privilege to study, Don’s style is at once captivating and endearing.” – Fr. Raymond-Marie Bryce, O.P., Associate Pastor, Indiana University
 Fr. Goergen is a contemplative person, very much in tune with contemporary spirituality. He has carried many administrative responsibilities with steady competence. He possesses the Midwestern virtues of hard work and sober judgment, along with a ready humor.” – Benedict T. Viviano, O.P., biblical scholar
“Few have Fr. Don Goergen’s understanding of the elusive depths of Dominican spirituality. His living of our Dominican life shines through his body of published work on the Holy Spirit as well as his down to earth recorded lectures and retreats on Chardin and our own Eckhart.” – Mr. Joseph J. Komadina, O.P.
“Father Don Goergen, O.P., is a master of the spiritual life. He has not only studied Christian spirituality for many years but has put into practice in his adult life all of those key elements which enable one to grow in holiness…. Let Don show you with the way with his wisdom and insights.” – Father Harry Byrne, O.P., Professor Emeritus, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“Studying Christology with Donald Goergen, OP almost two decades ago forever changed my understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, and continues to shape my prayer and preaching to this day.  I am thrilled that Don’s research and insight will now be available to a wider audience.”
– Ann M. Garrido, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“Don Goergen has spent his life meditating on the meaning of Jesus and his mission… His work, whether spoken or written, is always holistic: intellectually satisfying, strengthening the heart, socially and pastorally sensitive.” – Vivian Boland OP, socius to the Master of the Order of Preachers

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  • God, The Triune Creator
  • Why Evil? Why Suffering?
  • The Virtue of Faith
  • Charity, Love, and the Gifts
  • Contemplation and Prayer
  • Jesus Christ and the Humanity of God
  • From the Cross of Christ to Eternal Happiness

6 reviews for St. Thomas Aquinas: Master Theologian and Your Spiritual Guide

  1. tk

    good introduction

    I am just about finished with these cd’s. I never had a course in Aquinas, and, as a Catholic clergy, have always felt a little deficient in that regard. The positive outcome of listening to this course is that Aquinas isn’t as much a stranger as before. Necessarily, the course does not go into a lot of depth, but gives a good overview of the structure of his Summa Theologica and his arguments about the nature of faith, grace, human freedom.

  2. Stephen

    An engaging and accessible introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas.

    An engaging and accessible introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas, whose theology and metaphysics can be challenging to an ordinary layperson like me. The course presents good historical context and biographical information, then moves through the highlights of his theology in a way that leaves the listener feeling confidently prepared for further study of Aquinas, and with an appetite for such further study.

  3. Bob

    great content but hard to follow

    I would give this course 5 stars for content, but 1 or 2 for quality of presentation. The lecturer uses so many connective words and side comments that I had trouble following the content. I have had to listen to the course several times to be able to follow what the lecturer is saying. But I am glad I put in the time because I now have a better fundamental grasp of Aquinas.

  4. Edward R., IL

    Fall Survey: October 2016

    The teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas are the teachings of the Church. Fr. Goergen is an excellent guide.

  5. Edward R., IL

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Father Goergen is a very knowledgeable teacher!

  6. Todd C., PA

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    I especially appreciate the explanation of terms and concepts that are not necessarily made clear in the original texts, perhaps due to the expectation in the text of other previous knowledge.

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