The Eucharist and Salvation in the Thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Meaning and Significance of Reception in voto

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The Eucharist and Salvation in the Thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Meaning and Significance of Reception in voto

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dc.contributor.advisor Casarella, Peter en_US
dc.contributor.author Sienkiewicz, Jeremy Paul en_US
dc.contributor.other Gorman, Michael en_US
dc.contributor.other McPartlan, Paul en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-11T17:13:07Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-11T17:13:07Z
dc.date.created 2011 en_US
dc.date.issued 2012-09-11
dc.identifier.other Sienkiewicz_cua_0043A_10181 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11524
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Systematic Theology. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description This dissertation can be viewed by CUA users only. en_US
dc.description.abstract The dissertation analyzes St. Thomas Aquinas' understanding of the reception of the Eucharist as necessary for salvation by elucidating his understanding of the reception of the sacrament ,<italic>in voto</italic>. This analysis will serve as the basis for elaborating principles that may shed light on topics being discussed in the current ecumenical treatment of the Eucharist.To meet this purpose, it undertakes the following tasks: First, it presents, in a chronological manner, the texts in which Aquinas directly answers questions pertaining to the necessity of the Eucharist for salvation. Second, it considers Aquinas' definition and explanation of <italic>votum</italic> in the human person, particularly in the context of the sacraments. Third, it explores Aquinas' understanding of <italic>votum sacramenti</italic>, particularly in relation to Baptism, and, by analogy, establishes the meaning of what Thomas calls a <italic>votum seu desiderium</italic> for receiving the Eucharist. Fourth, it analyzes the relationship between the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist in Aquinas' writings, particularly the ordination of Baptism to the Eucharist and the way in which Baptism itself may supply a <italic>votum Eucharistiae</italic>. Fifth, it critiques in light of the above the existing literature on Eucharist and salvation in St. Thomas' theology. Sixth, it elucidates general theological principles from Aquinas that address ecumenical standpoints that speak to the salvation of Christians in separated churches with different practices and realities of the Eucharist.Ultimately for Aquinas, one's salvation rests on being incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church. The unity of the Body of Christ, he says, is the very <italic>res sacramenti</italic> of the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Thus, in order to be a part of this unity, one must be in real contact with the Body of Christ, which is the instrument of our salvation. Indeed, one must eat this Body, whether sacramentally or spiritually. Given the complexity of current ecumenism, the issues regarding the relationship of Eucharist and salvation today cannot be considered to be the same as in the thirteenth century. On the other hand, the specific link made by Aquinas between Baptism and Eucharist may suggest some general principles that could illuminate an ecumenical path. Thus, an elucidation of certain principles drawn from Thomas' Eucharistic theology could promote a better understanding of Eucharist and salvation throughout distinct parts of the Christian world today. en_US
dc.format.extent 265 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Theology en_US
dc.subject.other Aquinas en_US
dc.subject.other Baptism en_US
dc.subject.other Desire en_US
dc.subject.other Eucharist en_US
dc.subject.other Salvation en_US
dc.subject.other Votum en_US
dc.title The Eucharist and Salvation in the Thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Meaning and Significance of Reception in voto en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US


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