when we do
Thomas – when we open his massive Summa
another of his works – we’re quickly overwhelmed, even lost.
we find him hard to read, how can we even begin to “think like
comes Kevin Vost — the best-selling author of The
armed with a recently rediscovered letter St. Thomas himself wrote –
a brief letter to young novice monk giving practical, sage advice
about how to study, how to think, and even how to live.
this letter written almost 800 years ago, St. Thomas reveals his
unique powers of intellect and will, and explains how anyone can
fathom and explain even the loftiest truths.
and St. Thomas will teach you how to dissect logical fallacies,
heresies, and half-truths that continue to pollute our world with
muddy thinking. Best of all, you’ll find a fully-illustrated set of
exercises to improve your intellectual powers of memory,
understanding, logical reasoning, shrewdness, foresight,
circumspection, and practical wisdom.
four steps to training your memory
to know your mental powers – and their limits
critical thinking alone is insufficient for reaching the truth
common fallacies – and how to spot them
key to effectively reading any book
to set your intellect free by avoiding worldly entanglements
to commit key truths to memory
XI called St. Thomas Aquinas the “model” for those who want to
“pursue their studies to the best advantage and with the greatest
profit to themselves.” Leo XIII urged us all to “follow the
example of St. Thomas.” Over the centuries, dozens of other popes
have praised him.
it is time to listen to these good men, time to “go to Thomas,”
to learn to think like him, and, yes, even to live like him.