The Mystery of God

On St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6th 1273 St.Thomas Aquinas, theological genius of the medieval period, a man who had set down millions of words on matters of nature and logic, in metaphysics and morality, abruptly put down his pen. He did not write again. When he begged to continue he replied he could not because “all I have written seems like straw” (i.e. it all seemed so trite/basic, rough stuff). His goal had been to understand God. He had made many verbal attempts at the summit. But while his efforts had produced wonderful reflections he had reached the point where he was able to appreciate the most profound truth – the peak lies beyond. God is unknown. His silence was not a rejection but the culmination of his work.”
Mark Vernon: The Guardian 2006

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