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Reginald Marie Garrigou-Lagrange

Reginald Marie Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (February 21, 1877, Auch, France – February 15, 1964, Rome) was a Catholic theologian and, among Thomists of the scholastic tradition, is generally thought to be the greatest Catholic thomist of the 20th century. He taught at the Angelicum in Rome from 1909 to 1960.

Father Garrigou-Lagrange initially attracted attention when he wrote against Modernism. He is best known for his spiritual theology. He propounded the thesis that infused contemplation and the resulting mystical life are in the normal way of holiness of Christian perfection. His classical work in the field is The Three Ages of the Interior Life. He taught many eminent Catholic theologians during his academic career, the most illustrious being the future Pope John Paul II.

He produced 28 books and hundreds of articles. Among the most famous works are:


"Writes much; says little."

External links and references

  • The Sacred Monster of Thomism: An Introduction to the Life and Legacy of Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. by Richard Peddicord published in 2004 by St. Augustine's Press
  • Reason with Piety, Garrigou-Lagrange in the Service of Catholic Thought by Aidan Nichols Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University (2008)
  • Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought published in 2007 by Ex Fontibus Co. Softcover. Hardcover.
  • Grace: Commentary on the Summa Theologica of St. Thomas, Ia IIae, qq. 109-14 Hardcover.
  • Life and Work


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