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Students Will ‘Encounter Many Marriages,’ Says Thomas Aquinas College President

At a time in our country when the definition of marriage is being highly debated, Thomas Aquinas College President Michael McLean chose marriage as the theme of his remarks to incoming students, according to the College.

Thomas Aquinas welcomed their largest class in school history with 103 students and opened the school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrated by Bishop Kevin Vann of California.

Dr. McLean told the students they will “encounter many marriages” in their studies, ranging from Clytaemestra’s murder of her husband Agamemnon to Odysseus’ faithful wife, Penelope.

Since not all of the works offer examples of marriages to imitate, Dr. McLean gives advice on how to analyze them.

“As you read the works of literature in our program, you must learn to be alert to the circumstances surrounding the central action, the reasons for, and the consequences of the choices the protagonists make… You must also consider the overall arc of the characters’ moral development. It is surely one thing for an author to depict horrific or immoral actions as horrific or immoral; it is quite another to depict such actions as admirable or sympathetic.”

The students will also read about marriages from Sacred Scripture, such as Mary and Joseph.  The philosophical and theological works are the “focal point” of the curriculum, according to the president.

“Always remain open to the movements of mind and heart occasioned by the greatest literature, but let the works read in the philosophy and theology tutorials be your touchstones over the next four years, for they will most dependably lead you closer to God and to a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith, including, by the way, its teachings about the beauty and goodness of sacramental marriage.”

The opening ceremony at Thomas Aquinas also included the signing of the school registry for incoming students, and the taking of the Oath of Fidelity by the three new professors at the College. 

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