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Offline Geremia

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St. Thomas on fatherhood
« on: June 14, 2019, 05:37:30 PM »
II-II q. 102 (on the virtue of observance) a. 1 co. is a very good, concise/precise definition of fatherhood, typical for St. Thomas:
Sicut autem carnalis pater particulariter participat rationem principii, quae universaliter invenitur in Deo; ita etiam persona quae quantum ad aliquid providentiam circa nos gerit, particulariter participat proprietatem patris, quia pater est principium et generationis et educationis et disciplinae, et omnium quae ad perfectionem humanae vitae pertinent.

just as a carnal father partakes of the character of principle in a particular way, which character is found in God in a universal way, so too a person who, in some way, exercises providence in one respect, partakes of the character of father in a particular way, since a father is the principle of generation, of education, of learning and of whatever pertains to the perfection of human life
I've always liked the relationship between principio (principle/beginning) and princeps (prince). Are these words related (etymologically) to pater? It seems characteristic of manly thinking to be principled, favoring deduction over induction.

And what about ἀρχή?
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Re: St. Thomas on fatherhood
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 01:53:10 AM »
Just in time for Father's Day! Happy Father's Day to all the fathers on the forum!
« Last Edit: June 15, 2019, 01:56:35 AM by Non Nobis »
[Matthew 8:26]  And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm.

[Job  38:1-5]  Then the Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and said: [2] Who is this that wrappeth up sentences in unskillful words? [3] Gird up thy loins like a man: I will ask thee, and answer thou me. [4] Where wast thou when I laid up the foundations of the earth? tell me if thou hast understanding. [5] Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Jesus, Mary, I love Thee! Save souls!
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