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- Catena Aurea: Commentary on the Four Gospels, Collected Out of the Works of the Fathers, Vol. I: St. Matthew, by Saint Thomas Aquinas, translated by John Henry Parker, with a Preface by John Henry Newman (Oxford: John Henry Parker; London: J. Rivington, 1841-1842). Originally printed in 3 parts, and available in multiple formats (pdf, epub, kindle/mobi, etc.):
- Copies are also available without Newman’s Preface:
- The Latin-English text of entire commentary on St. Matthew’s gospel, with the Dedication translated by Joseph Kenny, O.P., may be read online on this page, of the collection St. Thomas Aquinas’ Works in English at the Dominican House of Studies, Priory of the Immaculate Conception.
- Available in a single PDF volume at Catholic Primer and on this page of Saints’ Books. [N.B., The text states: “The contents the Catena Aurea of St. Thomas Aquinas is in the public domain. However, this electronic version is copyrighted. © The Catholic Primer, 2005. All Rights Reserved.”]
- May also be read online through this page, which has the whole Catena Aurea of St. Thomas Aquinas on all 4 gospels, at e-Catholic 2000.
On the Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist in the Latin church. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). From the text:
“For what wonder is it that this should befal Peter, who had never received a revelation concerning these things? For that you may learn that confession which he made concerning Christ was not spoken of himself, observe how in these things which had not been revealed to him, he is at a loss. Estimating the things of Christ by human and earthly principles, he judged it mean and unworthy of Him that He should suffer. Therefore the Lord added, ‘For thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that […] be of men.'” (St. John Chrysostom, on Matthew xvi, 22-23)