Excerpt from The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas, Vol. 1
I am desired to inform you that the Holy Father has been pleased to express his gratitude on receiving from you the first volume of the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas, which, with the assistance Of your beloved brethren of the English Province, you have most wisely determined to translate into your mother-tongue. I say most wisely, because to translate into the language Of one's country the immortal works of St. Thomas is to give to its people a great treasure of human and Divine knowledge, and to afford those who are desirous of Obtaining it, not only the best method of reasoning in unfolding and elucidating sacred truths, but also the most efficacious means of combating heresies. Therefore, without doubt, you have undertaken a task worthy of religious men - worthy Of the sons of St. Dominic.
The Venerable Pontiff, in graciously accepting your gift, returns you most cordial thanks, and earnestly prays that your task may have a successful result and produce abundant fruit. In token of his appreciation, he most lovingly imparts to you and your fellow-workers the Apos tolic Benediction.
And for myself I extend to you the right hand of fellow ship, and thank you for the special volume of the translation which you presented to me.
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