Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Father Garrigou-Lagrange OP
The only full biography that I am aware of.
Works of the great Dominican theologian.
Fr. Reginald Marie Garrigou-Lagrance, P.O. (1877-1964) was probably the greatest Catholic theologian of the 20th century. (He is not to be confused with his uncle, Pére Lagrange, the biblical scholar.) Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange initially attracted attention in the early 20th century when he wrote against Modernism. Recognizing that Modernism - which denied the objective truth of divine revelation, and affirmed a heretical conception of the evolution of dogma - struck at the very root of Catholic faith, Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange wrote classic works on apologetics, defending the Catholic Faith by way of both philosophy and theology. He taught at the Angelicum in Rome from 1909 to 1960, and he served for many years as a consulter to the Holy Office and other Roman Congregations. He is most famous, however, for his writings, producing over 500 books and articles. In these he showed himself to be a thorough Thomist in the classic Dominican tradition. Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange was best known for his spiritual theology, particularly for insisting that all are called to holiness and for zealously propounding the thesis that infused contemplation and the resulting mystical life are in the normal way of holiness or Christian perfection. His classic work in this field - and his overall masterpiece - is the Three AGes of the Interior Life, in which the Catholic Faith stands out in all its splendor as a divine work of incomparable integrity, structure and beauty, ordered to raise man to the divine life of grace and bring to flower in him the "supernatural organism" of Sanctifying Grace and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost - the wellsprings of all true mysticism.