WORKS OF ST. THOMAS
than sixty separate works, some of great length and some brief, came
fertile mind of the Angelic Doctor. 6 Most important and, one would
most familiar of all his writings is the "Summa Theologica." This is
complete scientific exposition of theology and at the same time a summary
Christian philosophy. St. Thomas considered this work simply as a manual
Christian Doctrine for the use of students. He thus announced its
"Since the chief aim of this sacred science is to give a
of God, not only as He is in Himself, but also as He is the
of all things and the End of all, especially of all rational
- we shall treat first of God; secondly, of rational creatures'
towards God; thirdly, of Christ who as Man is the Way by which we
God." These are the leading ideas of his "Summa," and upon them
the three Parts of this great work.
"Summa contra Gentiles," whose full title is "Treatise on the
Catholic Faith against Unbelievers" (1258-1261), is the most profound
doubtless the most powerful apologetically work ever written. It is St.
"Summa philosophica," taking philosophy in the modern sense. The
list of Commentaries on the Sacred Scriptures are exhaustive, of great
and of permanent value. The "Perfection of the Spiritual Life" is
the classics in the field of ascetical and mystical theology, and
with pertinent parts of the "Summa" forms a complete explanation
Christian higher life. 7 St. Thomas also wrote the admirable
Feast of Corpus Christi" with its familiar prayers and hymns. 8