Category Archives: Charity

Augustine’s Canonical Paul

In De Spiritu et Lettera (DSL) 36, Augustine asks what the Law is which is written on the hearts of believers in the new covenant (Jer. 31:33), if not the Holy Spirit, by whom charity is poured into their hearts (Rom … Continue reading

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Charity the Form of the Virtues

IIa IIae, 23, 8 is one of the most important arguments in all of Thomas’s moral theology: he has suggested earlier that the proper end of every human act is charity; he now suggests that the end re-structures the very … Continue reading

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Is charity something created in the soul?

Thomas argues that it has to be (ST IIa IIae, 22, 2). By “created,” he means a habit or power which the soul can exercise freely. Here he opposes Peter Lombard (“Magister”), who had argued that the love by which … Continue reading

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“Unformed Faith” Not a Virtue

“Fides autem informis non est virtus, quia etsi habeat perfectionem debitam actus fidei informis ex parte intellectus, non tamen habet perfectionem debitam ex parte voluntatis.” — St. Thomas, ST IIa IIae, 3, 5 Faith that is unformed by charity is … Continue reading

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