A trove of digitized Garrigou-Lagrange texts

Not long ago there were not (as far as I know) many of Garrigou-Lagrange's writings available electronically online. Last month I discovered that there are now over a dozen available at the Internet Archive. They are all English translations, but for those whose French or Latin is poor or non-existent, this is quite a resource. Obviously, it will also be useful for professors who would like to incorporate some of Garrigou's texts in their classes.

There are now a total of fourteen texts up. You can find them here. Also included is the hitherto hard to obtain English translation of Garrigou's famous (for some, notorious) 1946 Angelicum article "La nouvelle théologie: oú va-t-elle?" Here's what's available as of this posting:

Beatitude: A Commentary on St. Thomas' Theological summa, Ia IIae, qq. 1-54

Christian Perfection & Contemplation

God: His Existence and His Nature (vol. 1)

God: His Existence and His Nature (vol. 2)

The Love of God and the Cross of Jesus (vol. 1)

The Love of God and the Cross of Jesus (vol. 2)

The Mother of The Savior and Our Interior Life

Our Saviour and His Love for Us


The Last Writings

The Priest in Union with Christ 

The Three Ages of the Interior Life (vol. 1)

The Three Ages of the Interior Life (vol. 2)

“Where is the New Theology Leading Us?”

There were two other entries that I did not include in this list because I'm not sure what they are. They are supposed to be an index and a bibliography to The Three Ages of the Interior Life. When I clicked on the links, however, I was led to blank pages. 

We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to whoever made the effort to put all of this up.

Hugon's textbook on cosmology now in English translation

An English translation of Édouard Hugon, O.P.’s Cosmologia is now available from Editiones Scholasticae. The translation is the work of Francisco Romero Carrasquillo, an associate professor of philosophy at the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico, who also runs the blog Ite ad Thomam. The translation of the Cosmologia is the first fruit of the larger IAT Translation Project, a noble undertaking that I plan to write a separate post about soon.

The Cosmologia is part of Hugon’s Cursus Philosophiae Thomisticae, published between 1902 and 1907. The Cursus is divided into a Logica, a Philosophia Naturalis, and a Metaphysica. The Philosophia Naturalis is, in turn, divided into two parts: the Cosmologia and the Biologia et Psychologia.

Hugon was a colleague of Garrigou-Lagrange (who esteemed him highly) at the Angelicum in Rome, where he taught from 1909 until his death in 1929. Hugon wrote numerous books and articles but is probably best known for his contribution to the elaboration of the so-called “twenty-four Thomistic theses” promulgated by the Sacred Congregation of Studies in 1914. In the early 1920s he wrote a commentary on the Thomistic theses in a series of four articles in the Revue Thomiste.

Garrigou-Lagrange bibliography online

Benedetto Zorcolo’s 1965 bibliography of his fellow Dominican Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange is available online at the Internet Archive. The bibliography, which runs 72 pages, was originally published in vol. 42 of the Angelicum. I am unaware of a more up-to-date or more complete bibliography but I would be glad to hear from readers who are.

In his introductory notes Zorcolo says that his work builds upon the 1937 bibliography, also published in the Angelicum, put together by Pio Ramirez and students of studium generale of Le Saulchoir (which, I believe, was still in Belgium at that time).

Zorcolo divides the bibliography into four categories: (a) books (Zorcolo writes “Opere”), (b) articles, (c) book reviews, and (d) prefaces.

He also includes in the bibliography the known translations of Garrigou-Lagrange’s writings at that time.

The quality of the scan is somewhat poor but if you use the zoom function, you should be able to read it without trouble.

Card. Schönborn on "the Two Icons of Dominican Life": The Rosary and the Summa of St. Thomas

Follow this link to see a short English interview with Card. Christoph Schönborn, O.P. in which he describes the genesis of his vocation to the Dominican order.  He notes being introduced to St. Thomas from a Dominican, Fr. Paulus, who had served as an assistant to Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange in Rome.

Colloquium in Oxford on Garrigou-Lagrange (November 27, 2010)

In from Francis Murphy in Oxford, news of a colloquium on Garrigou-Lagrange, to take place there on Saturday, November 27, 2010. Here’s a scrape:

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange and Some Disputed Questions in 20th Century Catholic Thought

Saturday 27 November 2010 10.00-17.00

Philosophical Adequacy: Garrigou-Lagrange on the Thought of Bergson and Blondel

Richard Peddicord OP Aquinas Institute of Theology, St Louis, Missouri

Garrigou-Lagrange after Chenu on the Nature of Theology: a Critical Disciple of his Disciple

Henry Donneaud OP Institut Catholique de Toulouse

Garrigou and de Lubac on Divine Revelation

Aidan Nichols OP Blackfriars, Cambridge

In the discussion session to follow, Philip Endean SJ (Campion Hall, Oxford), John Sullivan (Liverpool Hope University), and Thomas Crean OP (Holy Cross, Leicester) will also participate.

Find out more in the PDF file he provided me.

Excerpts from Garrigou-Lagrange's commentary on De Eucharistia

This in, from Peter Kwasniewski, after the conference on Aquinas and the Sacraments at Ave Maria University in Florida in early February:

The clearest and most accessible treatment of Eucharistic topics I have yet found is contained in one of the volumes of the running commentary on the Summa theologiae composed by Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange for his students at the Angelicum (including Karol Wojtyla — I wonder if we can ascertain whether these manuals were among the books Wojtyla studied during his student days).  The document contains a selection of texts on, among other things, the prephilosophical or “common sense” notion of substance, the relationship of a subject to its accidents, the analysis of quantity in its various aspects (part outside of part; location and position).  There are also some texts on other sacraments and on the causality of the sacraments.

Kwasniewski provided two documents, the first covering Garrigou-Langrange’s commentary on the Tertia pars, qq. 73-82 (in Word or PDF format) and another with comments of Garrigou-Langrange on the Eucharist (again, in Word or PDF format).