philosophical study and reflection. Written for the most part
towards the end of his life and running to five volumes, it
was never completed. His intent is to investigate being in all
its extension and forms.
Vol. 2 Investigates trine being — being, both infinite and
finite, manifests itself in three forms: real, ideal and moral.
The Christian doctrine of the Trinity, as three in one, finds a
place in such a study.
Antonio Rosmini is the greatest, most original, prophetic Catholic thinker of the last few centuries, little known in the English-speaking world. Following the advice of Popes and Cardinals, he wrote extensively on philosophy, theology, and spirituality, and his teaching is extremely relevant to the major issues confronting the world and the Church of today. His books on spirituality are firmly rooted on Scripture from which they draw the perennial call to holiness, and the means for achieving it through the three steps of purification from sin, constant exercise of the virtues, and union with God. His books on philosophy are full of light for the enquiring mind, ranging from the problem of Truth and Epistemology, to the foundation of Morality, of Right, of Politics, of Natural Anthropology and Natural Religion, and of the Essence of the Human Soul. His work on Theosophy is a most profound study of “being”, in its three modes – ideal being, real being, moral being. Faith and Reason, for Rosmini, far from being in opposition are in fact the two wings which allow human beings to rise from the natural to the supernatural world, the one calling on the other, faith calling on reason and reason on faith. His theological masterpiece is undoubtedly the Supernatural Anthropology, which deals with grace, with the “supernatural person”, and with the Sacraments. Other important works deal with the Church, in particular with the “wounds” of the Church.