Br. Aquinas Beale, OP, will present "Pursuing Happiness:
Jane Austen & Thomas Aquinas in Dialogue on Life's Ultimate
Goal" on March 9 at 7 pm.
Is it a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen novels
are full of silliness and romance? Not a few individuals consider
them as the rightful property of young women fixated upon a bygone
era of balls and dresses with hardly any serious merit to recommend
them to the reader of more practical and serious taste. Confounding
this view, these same works of Jane Austen have attracted the
interest and attention of the likes of Lionel Trilling and Alasdair
MacIntyre, along with many other readers of similar thoughtful and
Perhaps the reason for the remarkable staying power of her works
lies in Austen’s matchless ability to portray the various faces of
human nature. In a manner strikingly similar to the teaching of
Thomas Aquinas, Austen structures the lives of her characters
according to the ends that they wish to achieve and the choices
they make in achieving those ends. In the eyes of both Austen and
Aquinas, the pursuit of happiness provides the basic shape for
people’s lives. Consequently, one may not need only to search in
scholastic textbooks and manuals in order to discover the secret to
living a good and Christian life. One could also open the cover of
Pride and Prejudice.
Br. Aquinas Beale, OP
Born in West Virginia, Brother Aquinas grew up as the second of
seven children. After finishing high school in southern Virginia,
he attended the University of Virginia, where he received both a
Bachelor and Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs. Brother Aquinas
professed simple vows in the Dominican Order in 2012 and currently
studies at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in
This event is free and open to the public.
A special luncheon for faculty will be held at noon on the
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