There is a cure for this sickness and his name Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange. He is known as Saint Thomas' ultimate mouthpiece of the 20th century. He was born in 1877 in France and lived until 1964. He was a thorn in the liberal dissenters sides for years! Fr. Lagrange like Saint Thomas before him would be a great theologian, and not only would he advance the cause of orthodoxy, he would be a staunch defender of every modernist attack that would occur on Church soil in his time! Lagrange exposed the errors of the "New Theologians" like Henri de Lubac, Maurice Blondel, Karl Rahner, Edward Schillebeeckx and Hans Urs von Balthasar among others. These "New Theologians" laid the snares of bad philosophy, which ultimately skewed their theological understanding of the Church.
As we know, Saint Thomas has been championed by the Church since the 13th century. But one quote will suffice to make my point on how important it is that every Catholic takes the time to study Saint Thomas.
"27. Again, if we are to avoid the errors which are the source and fountain-head of all the miseries of our time, the teaching of Aquinas must be adhered to more religiously than ever. For Thomas refutes the theories propounded by Modernists in every sphere, in philosophy, by protecting, as We have reminded you, the force and power of the human mind and by demonstrating the existence of God by the most cogent arguments; in dogmatic theology, by distinguishing the supernatural from the natural order and explaining the reasons for belief and the dogmas themselves; in theology, by showing that the articles of faith are not based upon mere opinion but upon truth and therefore cannot possibly change; in exegesis, by transmitting the true conception of divine inspiration; in the science of morals, in sociology and law, by laying down sound principles of legal and social, commutative and distributive, justice and explaining the relations between justice and charity; in the theory of asceticism, by his precepts concerning the perfection of the Christian life and his confutation of the enemies of the religious orders in his own day. Lastly, against the much vaunted liberty of the human reason and its independence in regard to God he asserts the rights of primary Truth and the authority over us of the Supreme Master. It is therefore clear why Modernists are so amply justified in fearing no Doctor of the Church so much as Thomas Aquinas." (Studiorum Ducem-Pope Pius XI, June 29,1923)It is true that there are many books available today on Saint Thomas, and I have listed some of them in earlier blog posts. But the more I read and learn, I believe that Fr. Lagrange is the best place to start to really get an idea of what true Thomism is. Here are a few books that I think should be part of every Catholic's library for immediate consumption. It is important that we properly order our intellects towards God. In order to defeat the modernist mentality that pervades the Church today, it will take a serious ground roots Thomistic revival. Fr. Garrigou Lagrange is a great place to start the revival! You can find most of these books on Amazon, or some other place on the net. The order I posted the books is a good order to buy them in, but you can judge for yourself based on my descriptions.
The first book, Reality, is a good summary of the work and thinking of Saint Thomas. Fr Lagrange goes through and explains many of St. Thomas' work and gives you a firm grounding in Thomistic philosophy and theology.
The second book, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, is an exposition on traditional Catholic teaching regarding the spiritual life of grace and perfection. He covers the basics of how to live the Christian life and how to understand the basics of Catholic theology. This is a must for every Catholic.
The third book, The Sacred Monster of Thomism, is a biography on Fr. Lagrange. It is excellent and gives you some insight into the time in which Fr. Lagrange lived and the the evil forces of modernism that he battled around him.
Finally, the fourth book, Our Savior and His Love for Us, is another spiritual guide on the interior life, focusing on Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The book focuses on Christ, His incarnation, the priesthood and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass among other topics.
If we can read and digest these four works, we will be well on our way to changing the intellect of the Church back to a firm foundation grounded in reality.
2. Christian Perfection and Contemplation
3. The Sacred Monster of Thomism
4. Our Savior and His Love For Us