Jesus taught, “[L]ife is more than food, and the body more than clothing” (Lk 12:23). Likewise, education is more than jobs; catechesis is more than shared experience. What happened to the Socratic axiom, “The unexamined life is not worth living”? On a higher plane, God created the human mind for the pursuit and attainment of truth.
We are a society that has a great deal of knowledge but which lacks wisdom. St. Thomas Aquinas defines wisdom as the virtue which “consider[s] the highest cause” (Summa Theologica II-II, 45, 1), and that is just what modern education rails against. This attitude even finds its way into Catholic education.
Fundamental questions about God and the meaning of life, however, are part of being human. But often nowadays, a framework for finding the answers is not there, or is not adequate.... Or if simple answers are taken on faith alone, it may be difficult to maintain when challenged by the flow of the world and the culture. That’s why St. John Paul II exhorted in Fides et Ratio that Christian education should draw from the heritage of sound philosophy while also dialoguing with modern thought (no. 60). He lifted up St. Thomas Aquinas as a champion of the unity of faith and reason and as a philosopher consistent with the Catholic faith whose thought has been found very fruitful in the life of the Church (no. 43) ...
Article: "Clarity and Depth from Aquinas Needed in Catholic Education"
Michael Ruszala on the Cardinal Newman Society website:
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