by Michael Sherwin
What does it mean to love and what are the traits of character that support love’s activity? How does the economy of grace—the mission of Christ and the action of the Holy Spirit—elevate and transform human love, virtue and the desire for happiness? These essays both consider how the Catholic tradition has addressed these questions and places this tradition in dialogue with contemporary questions. With Thomas Aquinas as their primary guide, these studies read St. Thomas in light of his Biblical and patristic sources (especially St. Augustine) and engage contemporary developments in philosophy to deepen our understanding of how grace both elevates and heals nature. Along the way, the author considers the vocation of the theologian and the Biblical and patristic understanding of the Christian call to moral apprenticeship and friendship with God.