St. Thomas and the Ontology of Prayer

Lawrence Dewan

in Wisdom, Law, and Virtue

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227969
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237210 | DOI:

Series: Moral Philosophy and Moral Theology

St. Thomas and the Ontology               of Prayer

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Twice in his twenty-year academic career, toward the beginning and toward the end, St. Thomas Aquinas undertook to present systematically the act of prayer. The first of these studies is found in the fourth book of his Commentary on the Book of Sentences of Peter Lombard, written about 1256. The second of St. Thomas's studies on the act of prayer is found in the second part of the Summa theologiae (ST), written about 1271. St. Thomas's second treatise on the act of prayer constitutes a considerable revision as compared with the first. This chapter focuses on one evident and important revision bearing on the essential nature of prayer.

Keywords: Thomas Aquinas; prayer; treatise; Summa theologiae

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Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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