Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master
By Robert Barron

Winner of the Catholic Book Award for Spirituality

Thomas Aquinas is widely considered the greatest and most influential of Catholic theologians. Yet too often his insights into the nature of God and the meaning of life are seen as somehow cold, impersonal, and divorced from spirituality. In this award-winning book, Bishop Robert Barron shows how Aquinas’ profound understanding of the Christian mystical life animates and helps explain his writings on Jesus Christ, creation, God’s “strange” nature, and the human call to ecstasy. 

“When one interprets Thomas merely as a rationalist philosopher or theologian, one misses the burning heart of everything he wrote. Aquinas was a saint deeply in love with Jesus Christ, and the image of Christ pervades the entire edifice that is his philosophical, theological, and scriptural work. Above all, Thomas Aquinas was a consummate spiritual master, holding up the icon of the Word made flesh and inviting others into its transformative power.”

Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 9781943243792
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 152
Publisher: Word on Fire Academic
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Language: English
Release Date: 2022-08-01

Robert Barron has a genius for identifying and articulating the human sources for our intellectual inquiry, and here that of Thomas Aquinas, and how his rich talents were transformed by a vibrant life of faith. Anyone introduced to Thomas in a way that missed his mind and heart will find here a fresh appreciation of his teaching as well as his inner life.

—David Burell, CSC

Theodore M. Hesburgh Professor Emeritus in Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame

Bishop Barron does a beautiful job of making the writings of Aquinas come alive for today.

—The Catechist’s Connection

Barron leads the reader beyond the technical theological language to the spiritual experience underpinning Thomas’ writing.

—Review for Religious

Spirituality with spine. . . . Barron’s solid and accessible study is itself a fine example of what he admires in his master

—Michael Downey


A valuable and successful attempt to represent Aquinas in a refreshing and original manner as one of the Christian tradition’s great spiritual masters

—Theological Studies