Dr. Michon Matthiesen is Assistant Professor at the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. Before arriving at The University of Mary, Dr. Matthiesen taught at Providence College (RI), Loyola Marymount University (CA), and St. Patrick’s Seminary and University (CA). Though rooted in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, she enjoys reading theologians of the early twentieth-century who were keen to retrieve the rich and majestic thought of the early Church Fathers. Her oldest and enduring love of literature led her to studies in liturgical and sacramental theology. Her book, Sacrifice as Gift, urges a recovery of an understanding of Eucharistic sacrifice that is completed by a theology of grace and contemplative prayer. She has also written on The French School of Spirituality, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Aquinas and Romano Guardini.