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Dear Catholic.com visitor: Summer is here, and you may be thinking about a well-deserved vacation, family get-togethers, BBQs with neighborhood friends. More than likely, making a donation to Catholic Answers is not on your radar right now. But this is exactly the time we most need your help. The “summer slowdown” in donations is upon us, but the work of spreading the gospel and explaining and defending the Faith never takes a break. Your gift today will change lives and save souls for Christ this summer! The reward is eternal. Thank you and God bless.

Vincent Contenson

Dominican theologian and preacher (1641-1674)

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Contenson, VINCENT, Dominican theologian and preacher, b. at Altivillare (Gers), Diocese of Condon, France, 1641; d. Creil-sur-Oise, December 26, 1674. His epitaph in the church of that place described him as `in years a youth, mature in wisdom and in virtue venerable”. Despite his short life, he gave proof in his writings of considerable learning and won remarkable popularity by his pulpit utterances. He was seventeen years old when he entered the Order of Preachers. After teaching philosophy for a time at Albi, and theology at Toulouse, he began a career of preaching as brilliant as it was brief. He was stricken in the pulpit at Creil, where he was giving a mission. His reputation as a theologian rests on a work entitled “Theologies Mends et Cordis”, published posthumously at Lyons in nine volumes, 1681; second edition, 1687. His life is found in the fifth volume of the “Histoire des hommes illustres de l’ordre de Saint Dominique”, by Pere Touron. The peculiar merit of his theology consists in an attempt to get away from the prevailing dry reasoning of Scholasticism and, while retaining the accuracy and solidity of its method, to embellish it with illustrations and images borrowed from the Fathers, that appeal to the heart as well as the mind. This pious and learned compilation has not yet lost its value and utility for students and preachers.

JOHN H. STAPLETON


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