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“In one moment, it all came back to me… and it all made sense.” – Mike Aquilina

September 6, 2017 One Comment

Bestselling Catholic author Mike Aquilina remembers that in his elementary school years, religion class was something to be taken seriously. However, shortly after his Confirmation, changes took place in the way the faith was taught, and it began to seem frivolous and silly to him, so he lost interest in religion altogether. It was a few years later, while studying history and literature in college, that he rediscovered St. Thomas Aquinas, and all the Catholic formation from his grade school years came back to him.

  • Harold M. Frost, Ph.D.

    Thank you, Mike, for taking the time to reveal some of your humanity that does not come across as well as when you speak as an expert on an EWTN show. To cut to the quick, this comment takes off on your catechesis of man being a human person comprised of a body and a soul born and formed in the image and likeness of God. For one, the force as it were that unites body and soul harmoniously is the mind, or more precisely, the intellect. You obviously have an intellect, and that intellect has helped you to develop much more fully into the human person that you still striving to be. Two, your intellect allowed you to connect with the meaning in the poem of St. Thomas Aquinas that you mentioned and that in effect inspired your moment of reversion as a serious Catholic when it all came back to you, it all made sense. Three, many Catholics including myself do not have a well formed mind due to disrupting influences on one’s development as a human person through the educational and then one’s vocational years. Divorce of one’s parents when one is young, major childhood illness that weakens one’s constitution, layoffs and disability that sever the long-term continuity of one’s chosen career, are only some of the disruptors which many can survive but which many others, more fragile in nature, succumb to. Thus, to grasp the philosophical realities of the Baltimore Catechism which you had to memorize as a child, one who has not, for whatever set of reasons, learned to think is like a bird with only one wing, St. Pope John Paul the Second’s proverbial wing of faith. Deprived of the ability to reason, one then becomes like a bird that cannot fly. Accordingly, all I can do is to ask you to compassionately keep that in mind when you reach out to us and teach us, such as in televised discussions with Dr. Scott Hahn, or through the Coming Home Network such as here. Thank you very much.