We commonly speak of Thomas' pedagogical tool, exitus reditus (emanate return) when referring to the Summa Theologiae. However we see Thomas using this in many of his other writings as well. Today we looked at one example from the Summa Contra Gentiles:
"The title 'wise' par excellence is reserved for those who consider the final end of the whole universe, which is at the same time its principle (or source). So Aristotle says that it belongs to the wise to consider the supreme causes of beings." - Summa Contra Gentiles, Book I, ch 1.
It is important to know the contexts of St. Thomas' writings so as to better understand how they are to be read. Some scholars of Thomas' works have misunderstood his teachings, and have even doubted the authenticity of certain of his works, because they did not understand the contexts in which Thomas is writing.
The curriculum for the university schools that we see today have started and been adopted from the universities in thirteenth century Europe in the cities of Paris, Bologna, Cologne, and Oxford. Studies would involve studies of 4-5 years in which one would attend various lectures and attend/participate in disputations. All years are recorded under oath as a "determination" in one swore that they studies 4-5 years at a studium generale. And thus a full-fledged bachelor!
- Nicholas and Lorenzo
"But although no one by himself, of himself, is sufficient for such a ministry, he can hope to have this sufficiency from God." (Inaugural Sermons) We should take this to be a sigh of our humility. Ultimately we depend on God to accomplish our ministry.
-Ambrose, Luke, and David