Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Formspring: Part 2

Time to respond to another batch of questions submitted via the Formspring in my life sidebar. Thank you all very much for your questions! I will answer them to the best of my ability. Also see Part 1. Now, let's begin ...

Do you know where I can find Aquinas' commentary on Matthew (not the Catena) online?

Unfortunately, I do not. I have collected here all of the Aquinas commentary I have been able to find so far. If someone manages to find his commentary on Matthew's gospel, please let me know!

What is the teaching of the Ephesus Council?

The Council of Ephesus is known for three things: it defined the true personal unity of Christ, it declared Mary the Mother of God or "God-bearer" (theotokos) against Nestorius, and it renewed the condemnation of Pelagius. You can read more about what took place at the council here. The resolutions, definitions, and relevant documents of the council are also available here.

Where can I get a more information about the beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary shown on your 6/12/10 posting? Is there a Sacred Heart of Jesus by the same artist?

I found that picture of Mary's Immaculate Heart by doing a Google image search, so I don't know very much about the image or who painted it. Sorry!

If a Catholic were to receive penance and died as they walked out of the confessional, would they go straight to heaven? What is the difference between temporal punishment and other types of punishment?

That person would go to heaven, but "right away" we cannot say. He may have to go to Purgatory first, if he has not adequately atoned for the temporal punishment that is due to his sin. This leads to your second question.

"Temporal punishment" is the effect that one's sin causes in this life to oneself and to the Body of Christ and the world. When one sins, he must ask the Lord for forgiveness, but he must also rectify the harm that his sin has caused to others. This is the purpose of the penance that one receives from the priest when he goes to Confession. Penance rectifies that harm, heals the wound that one's sin inflicts upon the Body.

If one has not healed all the wounds that his sin has caused, then this remains as a sort of blot on his soul when he stands before the Lord to receive His Judgment. God purges that blot away, refining souls through the fiery furnace of His love, which we experience as Purgatory.

Other things cause "blotches" too, specifically attachment to sin and any venial sins of which we have not sought out the Lord's forgiveness.

How would someone start the process for canonization for a deceased person?

After the person in question has been deceased for at least 5 years, then a request can be made to the person's bishop to begin an investigation of the person's life to discern if the person is a worthy candidate for canonization.

Hello, I was told that Aquinas wrote some commentary on the "new earth" spoken of in John's Apocalypse. Do you know where I might find this commentary?

I'm afraid I do not know where such a commentary could be found, at least online. You are welcome to peruse his works in English which are available online. There is not available as of yet any commentary of his on the Book of Revelation, but perhaps his words on the "new creation" were part of a work on some other book of the Bible or subject. I'm sorry I can't help you more!

Thank you all for your questions! Keep them coming!

Pax Christi,

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