Will the people, who end up in heaven, gain additional glory for each soul that profits from their writings? For example, St. Augustine wrote many good books. Now he is in heaven. To this very day, people read his books and have spiritual benefits. Does St. Augustine receive additional beatitude in heaven for each soul that profits from his books? I want a Catholic answer.


Yes. Aquinas in his commentary on the Sentences IV, d.49, q.5, a.3, q.3 (repeated in Summa Theologiae Supplement, q.96, a.7) says

is a most perfect victory gained over the devil, when a person not only refuses to yield to the devil’s assaults, but also drives him out, not from himself alone, but from others also.

and concludes that for this, an aureole is deserved. An aureole is defined (Supplement, q.96, a.1) as an

accidental reward which is added to the essential has the character of a crown... the additional reward is called an ‘aureole’.

The crown refers to the beatitude in heaven. So, when a person teaches or preaches, which is often done in the form of writing, they receive additional glory for the spiritual benefit or profit in driving out falsehood. I may add some relevant traditional commentaries to the Summa and Sentences later.

This can be supported by Daniel 12:3

those teaching do shine as the brightness of the expanse, and those justifying the multitude as stars to the age and for ever.

and Matthew 5:19

whoever may do and may teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven

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