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Thomas Aquinas (Tommaso d'Aquino; 1225 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he is also known within the latter as the Doctor Angelicus and the Doctor Communis. The name Aquinas identifies his ancestral origins in the county of Aquino in present-day Lazio, Italy. He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology and the father of Thomism; of which he argued that reason is found in God. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern philosophy developed or opposed his ideas, particularly in the areas of ethics, natural law, metaphysics, and political theory. Unlike many currents in the Church of the time, Thomas embraced several ideas put forward by Aristotlewhom he called "the Philosopher"and attempted to synthesize Aristotelian philosophy with the principles of Christianity. His best-known works are the Disputed Questions on Truth (12561259), the Summa contra Gentiles (12591265), and the unfinished but massively influential Summa Theologica a.k.a. Summa Theologiae (12651274). His commentaries on Scripture and on Aristotle also form an important part of his body of work. Furthermore, Thomas is distinguished for his eucharistic hymns, which form a part of the Church's liturgy. The Catholic Church honors Thomas Aquinas as a saint and regards him as the model teacher for those studying for the priesthood, and indeed the highest expression of both natural reason and speculative theology. In modern times, under papal directives, the study of his works was long used as a core of the required program of study for those seeking ordination as priests or deacons, as well as for those in religious formation and for other students of the sacred disciplines (philosophy, Catholic theology, church history, liturgy, and canon law). Thomas Aquinas is considered one of the Catholic Church's greatest theologians and philosophers. Pope Benedict XV declared: "This (Dominican) Order... acquired new luster when the Church declared the teaching of Thomas to be her own and that Doctor, honored with the special praises of the Pontiffs, the master and patron of Catholic schools." The English philosopher Anthony Kenny considers Thomas to be "one of the dozen greatest philosophers of the western world".

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1:Beware the man of a single book. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
2:Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
3:Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
4:The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
5:Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
6:What does it take to become a saint? Will it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
7:Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
8:All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
9:A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
10:If you want to be saved look at the face of your Christ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
11:Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
12:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
13:In deliberation we may hesitate; but a deliberated act must be performed swiftly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
14:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
15:A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
16:Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
17:How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
18:He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
19:For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
20:If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
21:It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
22:Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
23:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
24:The least insight that one can obtain into sublime things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge of lower things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
25:Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable and more full of joy. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
26:Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
27:For then alone do we know God truly, when we believe that He is far above all that man can possibly think of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles I,
28:Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
29:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man : to know what he ought to believe, to know what he ought to desire, and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
30:For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
31:An Angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the Angel himself contemplates. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
32:Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
33:Here 'neath veils, my Saviour darkly I behold; To my thirsting spirit all thy light unfold; Face to face in heaven let me come to thee, And the blessed vision of thy glory see. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
34:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity (1273) ,
35:Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
36:Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
37:He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
38:Just as all men naturally desire to know the truth, so there is inherent in men a natural desire to avoid errors, and refute them when they are able to do so. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, De Unitate Intellectus Contra Averroistas ,
39:For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
40:The study of truth requires a considerable effort - which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge - despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles ,
41:Again, it is self-evident that truth exists. For truth exists if anything at all is true, and if anyone denies that truth exists, he concedes that it is true that it does not exist, since if truth does not exist it is then true that it does not exist. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
42:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
43:Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,

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1:The things we love ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
2:Veritas filia temporis ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
3:Love follows knowledge. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
4:Dios es la primera causa ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
5:Hominem unius libri timeo ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
6:But a dauntless faith believes ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
7:Every cell in us worships God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
8:Faith is God's work within us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
9:The soul is known by it's acts. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
10:Beware of the person of one book ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
11:Beware the man of a single book. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
12:Beware of the person of one book. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
13:Beware the man of a single book. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
14:Give, expecting nothing there of. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
15:Não olheis de onde vem a verdade. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
16:Unbelief is the greatest of sins. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
17:Dios es el más noble de los seres. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
18:Wonder is the desire of knowledge. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
19:In the end, we know God as unknown. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
20:There is no leisure about politics. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
21:God answered the prayers of animals. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
22:To love is to will the good of another. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
23:it remains for us to treat of His image, ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
24:nothing can be known, save what is true; ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
25:Art is right reason in the doing of work. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
26:Charity is love; not all love is charity. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
27:Christ was either liar, lunatic, or Lord! ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
28:Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
29:The happy man in this life needs friends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
30:To love is to will the good of the other. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
31:Better to illuminate than merely to shine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
32:Don't ask who said it? Ask what they said. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
33:You change people by delight, by pleasure. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
34:Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
35:Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
36:Justice is in subjects as well as in rulers. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
37:Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
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38:The things that we love tell us what we are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
39:Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
40:No man truly has joy unless he lives in love. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
41:What does it take to become a saint? Will it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
42:Faith does not quench desire, but inflames it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
43:Grace does not destroy nature, it perfects it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
44:Reason in man is rather like God in the world. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
45:The soul is perfected by knowledge and virtue. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
46:God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
47:Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
48:The things that we love tell us what we are.
   ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
49:Rarely affirm, seldom deny, always distinguish. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
50:The light of faith makes us see what we believe. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
51:The Angel's bread is made the Bread of man today. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
52:Friendship makes you feel as one with your friend. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
53:It is only God who creates. Man merely rearranges. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
54:There can be no joy in living without joy in work. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
55:To love God is something greater than to know Him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
56:The greatness of the human being consists in this: ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
57:A man's heart is right when he wills what God wills. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
58:Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
59:What does it take to become a saint? Will it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, [T5],
60:Anything done against faith or conscience is sinful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
61:If you want to be saved look the face of your Christ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
62:God destines us for an end beyond the grasp of reason. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
63:To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
64:When fear is excessive it can make many a man despair. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
65:A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
66:A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
67:If you want to be saved look at the face of your Christ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
68:In a false person, sacraments do not produce any effect. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
69:He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
70:Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
71:Theology is taught by God, teaches God, and leads to God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
72:To virginity is awarded the tribute of the highest beauty ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
73:We can open our hearts to God, but only with Divine help. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
74:Any error about creation also leads to an error about God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
75:Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
76:Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
77:In this being may our treatise find its end and fulfillment. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
78:Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
79:All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
80:A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
81:God's precepts are light to the loving, heavy to the fearful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
82:All my words are but chaff next to the faith of a simple man. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
83:A man does not always choose what his guardian angel intends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
84:Grace renders us like God and a partaker of the divine nature. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
85:There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
86:The times are never so bad that a good man cannot live in them ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
87:Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
88:If you want to be saved look at the face of your Christ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, [T5],
89:To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
90:Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
91:Faith will tell us Christ is present, When our human senses fail. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
92:One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
93:Venial sin becomes mortal sin when one approves it as an end. . . ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
94:Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
95:Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
96:The truth of the Christian faith surpasses the capacity of reason. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
97:Good can exist without evil whereas evil cannot exist without good. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
98:Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
99:There is nothing in your mind which wasn't experienced before hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
100:Angels need an assumed body, not for themselves, but on our account. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
101:By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
102:Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
103:True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
104:We should love others truly, for their own sakes rather than our own. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
105:There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
106:He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
107:justice without mercy is cruelty; mercy without justice is dissolution. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
108:Nothing which implies contradiction falls under the omnipotence of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
109:Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
110:To love is to will the good of the other. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
111:We should eliminate sin if we wish to eliminate the scourge of tyrants. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
112:Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
113:Dios está por encima de cualquier cosa que podamos decir o pensar en Él. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
114:Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
115:Characteristics which define beauty are wholeness, harmony and radiance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
116:It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
117:The proper effect of the Eucharist is the transformation of man into God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
118:Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
119:Miracles are signs not to them that believe, but to them that believe not. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
120:Now in matters of action the reason directs all things in view of the end: ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
121:Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
122:Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking becomes clear - nothing is missing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
123:Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
124:The truth can be perceived only through thinking, as is proven by Augustine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
125:All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
126:Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
127:deliberation we may hesitate; but a deliberated act must be performed swiftly ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
128:Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
129:I cannot understand how anyone conscious of mortal sin can laugh or be merry. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
130:Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
131:Without sanctifying grace it is not possible to refrain long from mortal sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
132:All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
133:There must be must be a first mover existing above all – and this we call God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
134:Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which set bounds to the passions ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
135:The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
136:If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
137:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
138:Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which sets bounds to the passions ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
139:As the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
140:Every truth without exception- and whoever may utter it- is from the Holy Spirit. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
141:In deliberation we may hesitate; but a deliberated act must be performed swiftly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
142:The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
143:It is not possible to be ignorant of the end of things if we know their beginning. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
144:It is unlawful to add anything to the words of Holy Scripture regarding the sense. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
145:Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
146:To disparage the dictate of reason is equivalent to contemning the command of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
147:He who does not embrace the teaching of the Church does not have the habit of faith. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
148:The human mind may perceive truth only through thinking, as is clear from Augustine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
149:An angel can illume the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
150:Locus ab auctoritate est infirmissimus. [The argument from authority is the weakest.] ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
151:Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
152:to make peace either in oneself or among others, shows a man to be a follower of God, ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
153:Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
154:It would be superfluous to receive by faith, things that can be known by natural reason ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
155:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, [T5],
156:«el conocimiento de Dios se implanta naturalmente en todos». Por lo tanto, la existencia ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
157:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
158:In deliberation we may hesitate; but a deliberated act must be performed swiftly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, [T5],
159:It would seem that zeal is not an effect of love. For zeal is a beginning of contention. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
160:Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
161:Eternity is called whole, not because it has parts, but because it is lacking in nothing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
162:Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
163:Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
164:Yet no-one can say that God has not a Word, for it would follow that God is most foolish. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
165:Whatever is received into something is received according to the condition of the receiver ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
166:A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
167:It is better to illuminate than merely to shine.
Maius est illuminare quam lucere solum. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
168:Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
169:A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
170:Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
171:If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
172:Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
173:The greatest kindness one can render to any man consists in leading him from error to truth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
174:A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
175:How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
176:Practical sciences proceed by building up; theoretical science by resolving into components. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
177:To teach in order to lead others to faith is the task of every preacher and of each believer. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
178:He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
179:How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
180:Nothing created has ever been able to fill the heart of man. God alone can fill it infinitely. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
181:For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
182:Hence it is predicated chiefly of the virtuous; then of the pleasant; and lastly of the useful. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
183:He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
184:It is a sin to regard the fact that God cannot do the impossible as a limitation on his powers. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
185:Mistakes are made on two counts: an argument is either based on error or incorrectly developed. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
186:برای آن‌کس که ایمان دارد، هیچ توضیحی لازم نیست. برای آن‌کس که ایمان ندارد، هیچ توضیحی کافی نیست ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
187:For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
188:The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
189:To scorn the dictate of reason is to scorn the commandment of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
190:God should not be called an individual substance, since the principle of individuation is matter. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
191:Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
192:If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
193:So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
194:God has no need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
195:If you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because he himself is the way. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
196:porque el hombre está dirigido a Dios, en cuanto a un fin que sobrepasa la comprensión de su razón: ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
197:The custom of the Church has very great authority and ought to be jealously observed in all things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
198:The splendor of a soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
199:This Blood that but one drop of has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its world of sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
200:For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
201:The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
202:To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
203:Law has the power to compel: indeed, the ability to enforce is a condition of the ability to command. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
204:As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
205:Man cannot live without joy. That is why one deprived of spiritual joys goes over to carnal pleasures. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
206:There would not be a perfect likeness of God in the universe if all things were of one grade of being. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
207:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
208:A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
209:If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
210:Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
211:The soul is like an uninhabited world
that comes to life only when
God lays His head
against us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
212:Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
213:Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
214:He that obstinately denieth the truth before men upon earth, wilfully refuseth his soul's health in heaven. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
215:I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
216:I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught… ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
217:Now, nothing can be brought from potentiality to actual existence except through something actually existing ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
218:There being an imminent danger for the faith, prelates must be questioned, even publicly, by their subjects. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
219:Human beings are by their nature social and political, living in community even more than every other animal. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
220:Better to illuminate than merely to shine to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
221:He suddenly announced that he could not write any more since "All that I have written seems like straw to me." ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
222:Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
223:Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
224:Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
225:It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
226:It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
227:The highest perfection of human life consists in the mind of man being detached from care, for the sake of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
228:The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
229:The Stone is one, the Medicine is one, to which we add nothing, only in the preparation removing superfluities. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
230:Better to illuminate than merely to shine; to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
231:In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
232:The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, #index,
233:Because we cannot know what God is, but only what He is not, we cannot consider how He is but only how He is not. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
234:Esto es parte de la bondad infinita de Dios, que Él debe permitir que el mal exista, y de él se produzca el bien. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
235:Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
236:our manner of knowing is so weak that no philosopher could perfectly investigate the nature of even one little fly. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
237:The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
238:An act of love always tends towards two things; to the good that one wills, and to the person for whom one wills it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
239:knowledge depends on the mode of the knower; for what is known is in the knower according to the measure of his mode ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
240:The existence of a prime mover- nothing can move itself; there must be a first mover. The first mover is called God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
241:Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
242:But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
243:It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
244:Jesus Lord, kind Pelican, Cleanse my filth with Thy blood, One drop of which can save The whole world from all its sin ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
245:God himself would not permit evil in this world if good did not come of it for the benefit and harmony of the universe. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
246:Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
247:The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
248:Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
249:One aspect of neighbourly love is that we must not merely will our neighbours good, but actually work to bring it about. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
250:Shepherds of the flock should . . . seek the good of their flock, and every ruler the good of the people subject to him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
251:All men are equal in nature, and also in original sin. It is in the merits and demerits of their actions that they differ. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
252:The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
253:Further, nothing, except sin, is contrary to an act of virtue. But war is contrary to peace. Therefore war is always a sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
254:Man has free choice, or otherwise counsels, exhortations, commands, prohibitions, rewards and punishments would be in vain. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
255:Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
256:Pray thee, spare, thyself at times: for it becomes a wise man sometimes to relax the high pressure of his attention to work. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
257:When the devil is called the god of this world, it is not because he made it, but because we serve him with our worldliness. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
258:Far graver is it to corrupt the faith that is the life of the soul than to counterfeit the money that sustains temporal life. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
259:The least insight that one can obtain into sublime things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge of lower things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
260:Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable and more full of joy.
   ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
261:The proper task of the Savior is that he is a savior; indeed, for this he came into the world: to seek and save what was lost. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
262:Do not wish to jump immediately from the streams to the sea, because one has to go through easier things to the more difficult. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
263:Fear is such a powerful emotion for humans that when we allow it to take us over, it drives compassion right out of our hearts. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
264:To pretend angels do not exist because they are invisible is to believe we never sleep because we don't see ourselves sleeping. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
265:There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
266:I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
267:If a man deliberately abstains from wine to such an extent that he does serious harm to his nature, he will not be free from blame. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
268:The blessed in the kingdom of heaven will see the punishments of the damned, in order that their bliss be more delightful for them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
269:It is a sin directly against one's neighbour, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
270:Likewise grace and glory are referred to the same genus, since grace is nothing other than a certain first beginning of glory in us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
271:Man cannot live without joy. That is why one deprived of spiritual joys goes over to carnal pleasures. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
272:The science of mathematics treats its object as though it were something abstracted mentally, whereas it is not abstract in reality. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
273:It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
274:The Cross to me is certain salvation. The Cross is that which I ever adore. The Cross of the Lord is with me. The Cross is my refuge. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
275:How is it they live in such harmony, the billions of stars, when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds? ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
276:O how unspeakable is this Sacrament which sets our affections ablaze with charity. ... It is the fulfillment of Christ's Mystical Body. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
277:I cannot go on.... All that I have written seems to me like so much straw compared to what I have seen and what has been revealed to me. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
278:O saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below, Our foes press on from every side, Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
279:The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in His divinity, assumed our nature, so that He, made man, might make men gods. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
280:The servants of God...whether provoked by word or work, by keeping themselves tranquil and peaceful, evince a perfect nobleness of soul. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
281:It is absurd and a detestable shame, that we should suffer those traditions to be changed which we have received from the fathers of old. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
282:I answer that, Even, as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
283:It [covetousness] is a sin against God, just as all mortal sins, in as much as man condemns things eternal for the sake of temporal things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
284:The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, It produces love. The Eucharist is the consummation of the whole spiritual life. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
285:We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
286:Este mai de dorit minimul de cunoaștere a lucrurilor foarte importante decât cunoașterea socotită, foarte sigură a lucrurilor foarte mărunte. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
287:Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
288:Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
289:That the saints may enjoy their beatitude and the grace of God more abundantly they are permitted to see the punishment of the damned in hell. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
290:Pipes are not to be used for teaching, nor any artificial instruments, as the harp, or the like: but whatsoever will make the hearers good men. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
291:The slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
292:Man should not consider his material possessions as his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
293:God is not related to creatures as though belonging to a different "genus," but as transcending every "genus," and as the principle of all "genera. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
294:Prostitution in the towns is like the cesspool in the palace; take away the cesspool and the palace will become an unclean and evil smelling-place. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
295:Honor is due to God and to persons of great excellence as a sign of attestation of excellence already existing; not that honor makes them excellent. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
296:Mary means Star of the sea, for as mariners are guided to port by the ocean star, so Christians attain to glory through Mary's maternal intercession. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
297:Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
298:For in order that man may do well, whether in the works of the active life, or in those of the contemplative life, he needs the fellowship of friends. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
299:For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
300:While injustice is the worst of sins, despair is the most dangerous; because when you are in despair you care neither about yourself nor about others. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
301:Arrive at knowledge over small streamlets, and do not plunge immediately into the ocean, since progress must go from the easier to the more difficult. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
302:For then alone do we know God truly, when we believe that He is far above all that man can possibly think of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra Gentiles, I, 5, par. 3,
303:Being born he have himself as our Companion, Eating with us he gave himself as Food, Dying He became our Ransom, Reigning he gives himself as our Reward ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
304:Hence it is written (Wis. 9:14): "The thoughts of mortal men are fearful, and our counsels uncertain." Thus man needs to be guarded by the angels. Reply ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
305:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
306:Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
307:Anyone who doesn’t need company is either greater than a man, and is a God, or lesser than a man, and is a beast.17 —Aristotle, as quoted by Saint Thomas Aquinas ~ Leonard Sweet
308:Bestow upon me, O Lord my God, understanding to know thee, diligence to seek thee, wisdom to find thee, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace thee. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
309:saber que Dios existe de una manera general y confusa se implanta en nosotros por la naturaleza, en la medida en que Dios es la bienaventuranza del hombre. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
310:The knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
311:Thus the sun which possesses light perfectly, can shine by itself; whereas the moon which has the nature of light imperfectly, sheds only a borrowed light. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
312:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man : to know what he ought to believe, to know what he ought to desire, and to know what he ought to do.
   ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
313:First, I say that he draws near to those who make peace with him. For God is the One who brings about peace; and where else should peace dwell than in peace? ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
314:For loving draws us more to things than knowing does, since good is found by going to the thing, whereas the true is found when the thing comes to us. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, [T5],
315:Even theologians, even the great theologians of the thirteenth century, even Saint Thomas Aquinas himself did not trust to faith alone, or assume the existence of God. ~ Henry Adams
316:How is it they live in such harmony the billions of stars - when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds about someone they know. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
317:In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary. First, the authority of the sovereign... Secondly, a just cause... Thirdly... a rightful intention. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
318:In Hebrew, His name is Jesus, in Greek, Soter, in Latin, Salvator; but men say Christus in Greek, Messias in Hebrew, Unctus in Latin, that is, King and Priest. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
319:Sloth is sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin good...it is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
320:sin embargo, el conocimiento más delgado que se puede obtener de las cosas más altas es más deseable que el conocimiento más cierto obtenido de las cosas menores ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
321:If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
322:Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved. And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
323:Just as it is better to illuminate than merely to shine, so to pass on what one has contemplated is better than merely to contemplate. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
324:Now this relaxation of the mind from work consists on playful words or deeds. Therefore it becomes a wise and virtuous man to have recourse to such things at times. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
325:We are like children, who stand in need of masters to enlighten us and direct us; God has provided for this, by appointing his angels to be our teachers and guides. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
326:By the divine providence [animals] are intended for man's use... Hence it is not wrong for man to make use of them, either by killing or in any other way whatsoever. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
327:Jerome says (Ep. ad Nepot. lii): "Shun, as you would the plague, a cleric who from being poor has become wealthy, or who, from being a nobody has become a celebrity. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
328:It has become the fashion to talk about Mysticism, even to pose as Mystics, and—need it be said?—those who talk the most on such subjects are those who know the least. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
329:An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
330:The same fire" (which he decides to be material) " torments the damned in hell and the just in purgatory...The least pain in purgatory exceeds the greatest in this life. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
331:An Angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the Angel himself contemplates. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
332:Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
333:See to whom Jesus is drawing near, three kinds of people: to those who make peace with him, to those who are devoted to God, and to those who are kind to their neighbors. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
334:An Angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision and by bringing within his reach some truth which the Angel himself contemplates. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
335:Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
336:To the Everlasting Father, And the Son who made us free And the Spirit, God proceeding From them Each eternally, Be salvation, honour, blessing, Might and endless majesty. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
337:Gods are called many by the error of some who worshipped many deities, thinking as they did the planets and other stars were gods, and also the separate parts of the world. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
338:«Puesto que Dios es el bien supremo, no permitiría que existiera ningún mal en sus obras, a menos que su omnipotencia y su bondad fueran capaces de sacar lo bueno del mal». ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
339:To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
340:Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
341:The Bread of angels has become the Bread of mankind; This heavenly Bread puts an end to all images; O wonderful reality! The poor, the slave, and the humble can eat the Lord. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
342:One will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
343:The fire of hell is called eternal, only because it never ends. Still, there is change in the pains of the lost... Hence in hell true eternity does not exist, but rather time. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
344:The soul, which is the first principle of life, is not a body, but the act of a body; just as heat, which is the principle of calefaction, is not a body, but an act of a body. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
345:We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
346:Here 'neath veils, my Saviour darkly I behold; To my thirsting spirit all thy light unfold; Face to face in heaven let me come to thee, And the blessed vision of thy glory see. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
347:If a thing can be done adequately by means of one, it is superfluous to do it by means of several; for we observe that nature does not employ two instruments [if] one suffices. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
348:In the old law, God was praised both with musical instruments, and human voices. But the church does not use musical instruments to praise God, lest she should seem to judaize. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
349:Here 'neath veils, my Saviour darkly I behold; To my thirsting spirit all thy light unfold; Face to face in heaven let me come to thee, And the blessed vision of thy glory see. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
350:The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
351:Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that "good" means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the "beautiful" is something pleasant to apprehend. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
352:It is not without reason that the Evangelist is careful to tell us the smallest details. For these two disciples signify two peoples, the Jews [by John] and the Gentiles [by Peter]. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
353:Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His. If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
354:Affirmative precepts are distinguished from negative whenever one is not comprised in the other; thus, that of honoring parents does not comprise that of not killing, and vice versa. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
355:Down in adoration falling, Lo! the sacred Host we hail; Lo! o'er ancient forms departing, Newer rites of grace prevail; Faith for all defects supplying, Where the feeble senses fail. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
356:There is, therefore, a more perfect intellectual life in the angels. In them the intellect does not proceed to self-knowledge from anything exterior, but knows itself through itself. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
357:Godhead here in hiding, whom I adore Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more, See, Lord, at thy service low lies here a heart Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
358:Thus Angels' Bread is made The Bread of man today: The Living Bread from Heaven With figures doth away: O wondrous gift indeed! The poor and lowly may Upon their Lord and Master feed. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
359:Unde omnis lex humanitus posita intantum habet de ratione legis, inquantum a lege naturae derivatur. Si vero in aliquo a lege naturali discordet, iam non erit lex sed legis corruptio. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
360:Obedience unites us so closely to God that it in a way transforms us into Him, so that we have no other will but His.
If obedience is lacking, even prayer cannot be pleasing to God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
361:Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity (1273),
362:For creation is not a change, but that dependence of the created existence on the principle from which it is instituted, and thus is of the genus of relation; whence nothing prohibits it ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
363:I answer that, As Augustine says (De Moribus Eccl. vi), "the soul needs to follow something in order to give birth to virtue: this something is God: if we follow Him we shall live aright. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
364:Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
365:In The Prince he says that “a just war is a necessary war,” thus cutting through the Gordian knot formed by endless Medieval discussions of Just War from Saint Augustine to Saint Thomas Aquinas. ~ Martin van Creveld
366:Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
367:Baptism is the Sacrament of Faith. Now, dead faith does not suffice for salvation .. .Therefore, the Sacrament of Baptism cannot give salvation to a man whose will ... expels the form of faith. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
368:Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
369:Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
370:Every judgement of conscience, be it right or wrong, be it about things evil in themselves or morally indifferent, is obligatory, in such wise that he who acts against his conscience always sins. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
371:Love works in a circle, for the beloved moves the lover by stamping a likeness, and the lover then goes out to hold the beloved inreality. Who first was the beginning now becomes the end of motion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
372:Anger and the like are attributed to God on account of a similitude of effect. Thus, because to punish is properly the act of an angry man, God's punishment is metaphorically spoken of as His anger. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
373:Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory, Of His Flesh, the mystery sing; Of the Blood, all price exceeding, Shed by our Immortal King, Destined, for the world's redemption, From a noble Womb to spring. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
374:It is necessary to posit something which is necessary of itself, and has no cause of its necessity outside of itself but is the cause of necessity in other things. And all people call this thing God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
375:Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
376:The truth of our faith becomes a matter of ridicule among the infidels if any Catholic, not gifted with the necessary scientific learning, presents as dogma what scientific scrutiny shows to be false. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
377:Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
378:He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
379:We set forth our petitions before God, not in order to make known to Him our needs and desires, but rather so that we ourselves may realize that in these things it is necessary to turn to God for help. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
380:He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
381:Just as all men naturally desire to know the truth, so there is inherent in men a natural desire to avoid errors, and refute them when they are able to do so. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, De Unitate Intellectus Contra Averroistas,
382:The fire of hell is called eternal, only because it never ends. Still, there is change in the pains of the lost...Hence in hell true eternity does not exist, but rather time. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
383:Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
384:Beauty adds to goodness a relation to the cognitive faculty: so that "good" means that which simply pleases the appetite; while the "beautiful" is something pleasant to apprehend. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
385:The human race was in need of salvation because of the perversity of sin. For when people who are ill are cured from their illness, they are called "saved." Therefore, the Lord says: "Your faith has saved you. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
386:It is not theft, properly speaking, to take secretly and use another's property in a case of extreme need: because that which he takes for the support of his life becomes his own property by reason of that need ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
387:We ought to cherish the body. Our body's substance is not from an evil principle, as the Manicheans imagine, but from God. And therefore, we ought to cherish the body by the friendship of love, by which we love God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
388:"The Jews should not be allowed to keep what they have obtained from others by usury; it were best that they were compelled to worked so that they could earn their living instead of doing nothing but becoming avaricious." ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
389:The study of truth requires a considerable effort - which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge - despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
390:Since faith rests upon infallible truth, and since the contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
391:The meaning of what is said is according to the motive for saying it: because things are not subject to speech, but speech to things. Therefore we should take account of the motive of the lawgiver, rather than of his very words. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
392:If... the motion of the earth were circular, it would be violent and contrary to nature, and could not be eternal, since ... nothing violent is eternal .... It follows, therefore, that the earth is not moved with a circular motion. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
393:The rich do not act improperly if they before others take possession of property that was in the beginning common and share the property with others. But the rich sin if they indiscriminately prevent others from using the property. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
394:BEDE. (ubi sup.) Repent, therefore, and believe; that is, renounce dead works; for of what use is believing without good works? The merit of good works does not, however, bring to faith, but faith begins, that good works may follow. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
395:Man can sin against nature in two ways. First, when he sins against his specific rational nature, acting contrary to reason. In this sense, we can say that every sin is a sin against man's nature, because it is against man's right reason. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
396:The last end of every maker, as such, is himself, for what we make we use for our own sake; and if at any time a man make a thing for the sake of something else, it is referred to his own good, whether his use, his pleasure, or his virtue. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
397:Thus from the four preceding articles, the definition of law may be gathered; and it is nothing else than an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community, and promulgated. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
398:For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
399:We ought to cherish the body. Our body's substance is not from an evil principle, as the Manicheans imagine, but from God. And therefore, we ought to cherish the body by the friendship of love, by which we love God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
400:As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
401:For it is necessary in every practical science to proceed in a composite (i.e. deductive) manner. On the contrary in speculative science, it is necessary to proceed in an analytical manner by breaking down the complex into elementary principles. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
402:The study of truth requires a considerable effort - which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge - despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles,
403:Again, it is self-evident that truth exists. For truth exists if anything at all is true, and if anyone denies that truth exists, he concedes that it is true that it does not exist, since if truth does not exist it is then true that it does not exist. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
404:A man should remind himself that an object of faith is not scientifically demonstrable, lest presuming to demonstrate what is of faith, he should produce inconclusive reasons and offer occasion for unbelievers to scoff at a faith based on such ground. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
405:Again, it is self-evident that truth exists. For truth exists if anything at all is true, and if anyone denies that truth exists, he concedes that it is true that it does not exist, since if truth does not exist it is then true that it does not exist. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
406:Right faith is of necessity required for Baptism, since it is said: "the justice of God is by faith in Jesus Christ" (Romans 3:22) ... Therefore, Baptism without faith avails nothing and thus we must recall that without faith no one is acceptable to God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
407:It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
408:Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
409:If all the sins of the flesh are worthy of condemnation because by them man allows himself to be dominated by that which he has of the animal nature, much more deserving of condemnation are the sins against nature by which man degrades his own animal nature. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
410:The apostles and their successors are God's vicars in governing the Church which is built on faith and the sacraments of faith. Wherefore, just as they may not institute another Church, so neither may they deliver another faith, nor institute other sacraments. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
411:The image of God always abides in the soul, whether this image be obsolete and clouded over as to amount to almost nothing; or whether it be obscured or disfigured, as is the case with sinners; or whether it be clear and beautiful as is the case with the just. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
412:the intention of every man acting according to virtue is to follow the rule of reason, wherefore the intention of all the virtues is directed to the same end, so that all the virtues are connected together in the right reason of things to be done, viz. prudence, ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
413:To be united to God in unity of person was not fitting to human flesh, according to its natural endowments, since it was above his dignity; nevertheless, it was fitting that God, by reason of his infinite goodness, should unite it to himself for human salvation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
414:Now it seems that everything in the world stems from sources other than God, since the products of nature have their source in nature; deliberate effects can be traced back to human reason or will as their source. There is no need then to assume that God exists. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
415:A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of Saint Thomas Aquinas, an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal and natural law. ~ Martin Luther
416:The Philosopher, too, says of the wicked (Ethic. ix, 4) that "their soul is divided against itself . . . one part pulls this way, another that"; and afterwards he concludes, saying: "If wickedness makes a man so miserable, he should strain every nerve to avoid vice. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
417:To restore man, who had been laid low by sin, to the heights of divine glory, the Word of the eternal Father, though containing all things within His immensity, willed to become small. This He did not by putting aside His greatness but by taking to Himself our littleness. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
418:Baptism is not to be conferred on a man who is unwilling to give up his other sins, so neither should Baptism be given to one who is unwilling to renounce his unbelief. Nevertheless, each of them receives the Sacrament if it is conferred on him, although not unto salvation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
419:Now the maximum in any genus is the cause of all in that genus; as fire, which is the maximum heat, is the cause of all hot things. Therefore there must also be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, goodness, and every other perfection; and this we call God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
420:PSEUDO-CHRYSOSTOM. But regard must be had to this, after what sort each man fills his seat; for not the seat makes the Priest, but the Priest the seat; the place does not consecrate the man, but the man the place. A wicked Priest derives guilt and not honour from his Priesthood. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
421:The fact that the evil ones, as long as they live, can be corrected from their errors does not prohibit that they may be justly executed, for the danger which threatens from their way of life is greater and more certain than the good which may be expected from their improvement. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
422:In the life of the body a man is sometimes sick, and unless he takes medicine, he will die. Even so in the spiritual life a man is sick on account of sin. For that reason he needs medicine so that he may be restored to health; and this grace is bestowed in the Sacrament of Penance. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
423:Every practical science is concerned with human operations; as moral science is concerned with human acts, and architecture with buildings. But sacred doctrine is chiefly concerned with God, whose handiwork is especially man. Therefore it is not a practical but a speculative science. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
424:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
425:For just as the first general precepts of the law of nature are self-evident to one in possession of natural reason, and have no need of promulgation, so also that of believing in God is primary and self-evident to one who has faith: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas,
426:The world tempts us either by attaching us to it in prosperity, or by filling us with fear of adversity. But faith overcomes this in that we believe in a life to come better than this one, and hence we despise the riches of this world and we are not terrified in the face of adversity. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
427:The image of God always abides in the soul, whether this image be obsolete and clouded over as to amount to almost nothing; or whether it be obscured or disfigured, as is the case with sinners; or whether it be clear and beautiful as is the case with the just. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
428:The third principle [way doing good to another may give pleasure] is the motive: for instance when a man is moved by one whom he loves, to do good to someone: for whatever we do or suffer for a friend is pleasant, because love is the principal cause of pleasure. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
429:To be united to God in unity of person was not fitting to human flesh, according to its natural endowments, since it was above his dignity; nevertheless, it was fitting that God, by reason of his infinite goodness, should unite it to himself for human salvation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
430:If someone knows from experience that daily Communion increases fervor without lessening reverence, then let him go every day. But if someone finds that reverence is lessened and devotion not much increased, then let him sometimes abstain, so as to draw near afterwards with better dispositions. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
431:Causes of individuals presuppose causes of the species, which are not univocal yet not wholly equivocal either, since they are expressing themselves in their effects. We could call them analogical. In language too all universal terms presuppose the non-univocal analogical use of the term *being*. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
432:Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
433:If anyone without the right faith receives Baptism outside the Church, he does not receive it unto salvation ... From the comparison of the Church to Paradise, we learn that men can receive her Baptism even outside her fold, but that out there no one can receive or keep the salvation of the blessed. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
434:The world of pure spirits stretches between the divine nature and the world of human beings; because divine wisdom has ordained that the higher should look after the lower, angels execute the divine plan for human salvation: they are our guardians, who free us when hindered and help to bring us home. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
435:As was said above, there does not fall under the scope of God's omnipotence anything that implies a contradiction. Now that the past should not have been implies a contradiction.... Whence, that the past should not have been, does not come under the scope of divine power. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
436:It seems that God does not exist; because if one of two contraries be infinite, the other would be altogether destroyed. But the word "God" means that He is infinite goodness. If, therefore, God existed, there would be no evil discoverable; but there is evil in the world. Therefore God does not exist. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
437:They also have at that critical point of death the opportunity to be converted to God through repentance. And if they are so obstinate that even at the point of death their heart does not draw back from malice, it is possible to make a quite probable judgment that they would never come away from evil. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
438:Just as in one man there is one soul and one body, yet many members; even so the Catholic Church is one body, having many members. The soul that quickens this body is the Holy Spirit; and therefore in the Creed after confessing our belief in the Holy Spirit, we are bid to believe in the Holy Catholic Church. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
439:Natural inclinations are present in things from God, who moves all things. So it is impossible for the natural inclinations of a species to be toward evil in itself. But there is in all perfect animals a natural inclination toward carnal union. Therefore it is impossible for carnal union to be evil in itself. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
440:Just as a man cannot live in the flesh unless he is born in the flesh, even so a man cannot have the spiritual life of grace unless he is born again spiritually. This regeneration is effected by Baptism: "Unless a man is born again of water and the Holy Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (Jn 3:5) ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
441:A person is disposed to an act of choice by an angel ... in two ways. Sometimes, a man's understanding is enlightened by an angel to know what is good, but it is not instructed as to the reason why ... But sometimes he is instructed by angelic illumination, both that this act is good and as to the reason why it is good. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
442:The perfection of the effect demonstrates the perfection of the cause, for a greater power brings about a more perfect effect. But God is the most perfect agent. Therefore, things created by Him obtain perfection from Him. So, to detract from the perfection of creatures is to detract from the perfection of divine power. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
443:We call laws just from three perspectives: (1) from their end, namely, when they are ordained for the common good; (2) from their authority, namely, when the laws enacted do not surpass the power of the lawmakers; (3) from their form, namely, when they impose proportionately equal burdens on citizens for the common good. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
444:Without doubt one is allowed to resist against the unjust aggressor to one's life, one's goods or one's physical integrity; sometimes, even 'til the aggressor's death... In fact, this act is aimed at preserving one's life or one's goods and to make the aggressor powerless. Thus, it is a good act, which is the right of the victim. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
445:Saint Thomas Aquinas remarks that “love is born of an earnest consideration of the object loved.” And: “Love follows knowledge.”3 Love is an emotional response aroused in the will by visions of the good. Contrary to what is often said, love is never blind, though it may not see rightly. It cannot exist without some vision of the beloved. ~ Dallas Willard
446:Tyrannical governance is unjust, since it is ordered to the private good of the ruler, not to the common good . . . And so disturbance of such governance does not have the character of rebellion . . . Rather, tyrants, who by seeking greater domination incite discontent and rebellion in the people subject to the them, are the rebels. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
447:Future contingents cannot be certain to us, because we know them as such. They can be certain only to God whose understanding is in eternity above time. Just as a man going along a road does not see those who come after him; but the man who sees the whole road from a height sees all those who are going along the road at the same time. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
448:Even as he would be guilty of falsehood who would, in the name of another person, proffer things that are not committed to him, so too does a man incur the guilt of falsehood who, on the part of the Church, gives worship to God contrary to the manner established by the Church or divine authority, and according to ecclesiastical custom. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
449:Yet through virtuous living man is further ordained to a higher end, which consists in the enjoyment of God, as we have said above. Consequently, since society must have the same end as the individual man, it is not the ultimate end of an assembled multitude to live virtuously, but through virtuous living to attain to the possession of God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
450:Whatever was in the human nature of Christ was moved at the bidding of the divine will; yet it does not follow that in Christ there was no movement of the will proper to human nature, for the good wills of other saints are moved by God's will... For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
451:Yet if heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord's command [in Matthew 13:30], which is to be understood as referring to the case when the cockle [weeds] cannot be plucked up without plucking up the wheat, as we explained above (10, 8, ad 1), when treating of unbelievers in general. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
452:Whatever a man has in superabundance is owed, of natural right, to the poor for their sustenance. So Ambrosius says, and it is also to be found in the Decretum Gratiani: The bread which you withhold belongs to the hungry: the clothing you shut away, to the naked: and the money you bury in the earth is the redemption and freedom of the penniless. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
453:Charity is not a potency of the soul, because if it were it would be natural. Nor is it a passion, because it is not in a sensitive potency in which are all passions. Nor is it a habit, because a habit is removed with difficulty; charity, however, is easily lost through one act of mortal sin. Therefore charity is not something created in the soul. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
454:Secondly, man sins against nature when he goes against his generic nature, that is to say, his animal nature. Now, it is evident that, in accord with natural order, the union of the sexes among animals is ordered towards conception. From this it follows that every sexual intercourse that cannot lead to conception is opposed to man's animal nature. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
455:Even though the natural light of the human mind is inadequate to make known what is revealed by faith, nevertheless what is divinely taught to us by faith cannot be contrary to what we are endowed with by nature. One or the other would have to be false, and since we have both of them from God, he would be the cause of our error, which is impossible. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
456:Now the object of the will, i.e., of man's appetite, is the universal good...Hence it is evident that nothing can lull the human will but the universal good. This is to be found, not in any creature, but in God alone; because every creature has goodness by participation. Thus God alone can satisfy the will of a human being. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
457:The magnitude of the punishment matches the magnitude of the sin. Now a sin that is against God is infinite; the higher the person against whom it is committed, the graver the sin-it is more criminal to strike a head of state than a private citizen-and God is of infinite greatness. Therefore an infinite punishment is deserved for a sin committed against Him. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
458:It is altogether unlawful to kill oneself... Wherefore suicide is contrary to the inclination of nature, and to charity whereby every man should love himself... Life is God's gift to man, and is subject to His power, Who kills and makes to live. Hence whoever takes his own life, sins against God... for it belongs to God alone to pronounce sentence of death and life. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
459:One day when Thomas Aquinas was preaching to the local populace on the love of God, he saw an old woman listening attentively to his every word. And inspired by her eagerness to learn more about her God whom she loved so dearly, he said to the people: It is better to be this unlearned woman, loving God with all her heart, than the most learned theologian lacking love. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
460:Good and evil are essential differences of the act of the will. For good and evil pertain essentially to the will; just as truth and falsehood pertain to the reason, the act of which is distinguished essentially by the difference of truth and falsehood (according as we say that an opinion is true or false.) Consequently, good and evil volition are acts differing in species. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
461:Whatever was in the human nature of Christ was moved at the bidding of the divine will; yet it does not follow that in Christ there was no movement of the will proper to human nature, for the good wills of other saints are moved by God's will... For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
462:GLOSS. Secondly, the Evangelic doctrine has sublimity of strength; whence the Apostle says, The Gospel is the power of God to the salvation of all that believe. (Rom. 1:16.) The Prophet also shews this in the foregoing words, Lift up thy voice with might; which further marks out the manner of evangelic teaching, by that raising the voice which gives clearness to the doctrine. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
463:Pain itself can be pleasurable accidentally in so far as it is accompanied by wonder, as in stage-plays; or in so far as it recalls a beloved object to one's memory, and makes one feel one's love for the thing, whose absence gives us pain. Consequently, since love is pleasant, both pain and whatever else results from love, in so far as they remind us of our love, are pleasant. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
464:ORIGEN. For if in an earthly kingdom they are thought to be in honour who sit with the king, no wonder if a woman with womanish simplicity or want of experience conceived that she might ask such things, and that the brethren themselves being not perfect, and having no more lofty thoughts concerning Christ’s kingdom, conceived such things concerning those who shall sit with Jesus. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
465:BEDE. But though there were four Evangelists, yet what they wrote is not so much four Gospels, as one true harmony of four books. (non occ.) For as two verses having the same substance, but different words and different metre, yet contain one and the same matter, so the books of the Evangelists, though four in number, yet contain one Gospel, teaching one doctrine of the Catholic faith. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
466:If you seek patience, you will find no better example than the cross. Great patience occurs in two ways: either when one patiently suffers much, or when one suffers things which one is able to avoid and yet does not avoid. Christ endured much on the cross, and did so patiently, because when he suffered he did not threaten; he was led like a sheep to the slaughter and he did not open his mouth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
467:The greater the charity of the Saints in their heavenly home, the more they intercede for those who are still on their journey and the more they can help them by their prayers; the more they are united with God, the more effective those prayers are. This is in accordance with Divine order, which makes higher things react upon lower things, like the brightness of the sun filling the atmosphere. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
468:Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
469:What can be accomplished by a few principles is not effected by many. But it seems that everything we see in the world can be accounted for by other principles, supposing God did not exist. For all natural things can be reduced to one principle, which is nature, and all voluntary things can be reduced to one principle, which is human reason, or will. Therefore there is no need to suppose God's existence. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
470:Saint Thomas Aquinas says, wisely, that the only way to drive out a bad passion is by a stronger good passion. The same is true of thoughts as of passions. When your mind wanders, like a child, your will must bring it back, like a mother. [. . .] The will-parent must discipline the mind-child, avoiding both the opposite extremes commonly made in disciplining either children or thoughts: tyranny or permissiveness. ~ Peter Kreeft
471:Given the sin of impiety through which they [the Romans] sinned against the divine nature [by idolatry], the punishment that led them to sin against their own nature followed.... I say, therefore, that since they changed into lies [by idolatry] the truth about God, He brought them to ignominious passions, that is, to sins against nature; not that God led them to evil, but only that he abandoned them to evil. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
472:It would seem that the ingratitude, whereby a subsequent sin causes the return of sins previously forgiven, is a special sin. For, the giving of thanks belongs to counter passion, which is a necessary condition of justice. But justice is a special virtue. Therefore this ingratitude is a special sin. Thanksgiving is a special virtue. But ingratitude is opposed to thanksgiving. Therefore ingratitude is a special sin. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
473:It must be understood that prime matter, and form as well, is neither generated nor corrupted, because every generation is from something to something. Now that from which generation proceeds is matter, and that to which it proceeds is form. So that, if matter or form were generated, there would be a matter for matter and a form for form, endlessly. Whence, there is generation only of the composite, properly speaking. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
474:If our opponent believes nothing of divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections--if he has any--against faith. Since faith rests upon infallible truth, and since the contrary of a truth can never be demonstrated, it is clear that the arguments brought against faith cannot be demonstrations, but are difficulties that can be answered. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
475:One faith, St. Paul writes (Eph. 4:5). Hold most firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church ... We must hold this for certain, namely: that the faith of the people at the present day is one with the faith of the people in past centuries. Were this not true, then we would be in a different church than they were in and, literally, the Church would not be One. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
476:...[sacred] doctrine is especially based upon arguments from authority, inasmuch as its principles are obtained by revelation: thus we ought to believe on the authority of those to whom the revelation has been made. Nor does this take away from the dignity of this doctrine, for although the argument from authority based on human reason is the weakest, yet the argument from authority based on divine revelation is the strongest. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
477:Three things are required for a war to be just. Indeed, the first requirement is that the ruler at whose command the war is to be waged have the lawful authority to do so. . . . Second, there needs to be a just cause to wage war, namely, that the enemy deserve to have war waged against it because of some wrong it has inflicted. . . . Third, those waging war need to have a right intention, namely, an intention to promote good and avoid evil. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
478:For it is essential to opinion that we assent to one of two opposite assertions with fear of the other, so that our adhesion is not firm: to science it is essential to have firm adhesion with intellectual vision, for science possesses certitude which results from the understanding of principles: while faith holds a middle place, for it surpasses opinion in so far as its adhesion is firm, but falls short of science in so far as it lacks vision. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
479:[It is appropriate that the Body and Blood of Christ be truly present in this Sacrament] because of the perfection of the New Covenant. The sacrifices of the Old Covenant contained the true sacrifice of Christ's Passion only in symbol....Therefore it was necessary that the sacrifice of the New Covenant, instituted by Christ, have something more, namely, that it contain Christ Himself who has suffered and contain Him not only in symbol but in reality. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
480:Because the divine goodness could not be adequately represented by one creature alone, God produced many and diverse creatures, that what was wanting in one in the representation of the divine goodness might be supplied by another. For goodness, which in God is simple and uniform, in creatures is manifold and divided. Thus the whole universe together participates in the divine goodness more perfectly and represents it better than any single creature. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
481:God Himself is the rule and mode of virtue. Our faith is measured by divine truth, our hope by the greatness of His power and faithful affection, our charity by His goodness. His truth, power and goodness outreach any measure of reason. We can certainly never believe, trust or love God more than, or even as much as, we should. Extravagance is impossible. Here is no virtuous moderation, no measurable mean; the more extreme our activity, the better we are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
482:If there were some solitary or feral man, the passions of the soul would be sufficient for him; by them he would be conformed to things in order that he might have knowledge of them. But because man is naturally political and social, there is need for one man to make his conceptions known to others, which is done with speech. So significant speech was needed if men were to live together. Which is why those of different tongues do not easily live together. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
483:Objection 2: Further, if it is a matter of argument, the argument is either from authority or from reason. If it is from authority, it seems unbefitting its dignity, for the proof from authority is the weakest form of proof. But if it is from reason, this is unbefitting its end, because, according to Gregory (Hom. 26), "faith has no merit in those things of which human reason brings its own experience." Therefore sacred doctrine is not a matter of argument. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
484:that after a long time, and with the admixture of many errors. Whereas man's whole salvation, which is in God, depends upon the knowledge of this truth. Therefore, in order that the salvation of men might be brought about more fitly and more surely, it was necessary that they should be taught divine truths by divine revelation. It was therefore necessary that besides philosophical science built up by reason, there should be a sacred science learned through revelation. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
485:Just as in a physical body the operation of one member contributes to the good of the whole body, so it is in a spiritual body such as the Church. And since all the faithful are one body, the good of one member is communicated to another; everyone members, as the Apostle says, of one another [Eph 4:25]. For that reason, among the points of faith handed down by the Apostles, is that there is a community of goods in the Church, and this is expressed in the words Communion of Saints. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
486:So if the ultimate felicity of man does not consist in external things which are called the goods of fortune, nor in the goods of the body, nor in the goods of the soul according to its sensitive part, nor as regards the intellective part according to the activity of the moral virtues, nor according to the intellectual virtues that are concerned with action, that is art and prudence – we are left with the conclusion that the ultimate felicity of man lies the contemplation of truth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
487:It is due to neither impotence nor ignorance on God’s part that evils occur in the world, but it is owing to the order of his wisdom and to the greatness of his goodness, whence come the many and divers grades of goodness in things, many of which would be lacking were he to allow no evil to exist. Thus there would be no good of patience without the evil of persecution, nor the good of the preservation of its life in a lion, without the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
488:Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain; hence it is written (Isaiah 26:11): "Let the envious people see and be confounded, and let fire devour Thy enemies." Therefore they will wish all the good were damned. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica (1265–1274)
489:God loves his creatures, and he loves each one the more, the more it shares his own goodness, which is the first and primary object of his love. Therefore he wants the desires of his rational creatures to be fulfilled because they share most perfectly of all creatures the goodness of god.

And his will is an accomplisher of things because he is the cause of things by his will. So it belongs to the divine goodness to fulfill the desires of rational creatures which are put to him in prayer. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
490:The Sacrament of the Body of the Lord puts the demons to flight, defends us against the incentives to vice and to concupiscence, cleanses the soul from sin, quiets the anger of God, enlightens the understanding to know God, inflames the will and the affections with the love of God, fills the memory with spiritual sweetness, confirms the entire man in good, frees us from eternal death, multiplies the merits of a good life, leads us to our everlasting home, and re-animates the body to eternal life ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
491:Many cry to the Lord that they may win riches, that they may avoid losses; they cry that their family may be established, they ask for temporal happiness, for worldly dignities; and, lastly, they cry for bodily health, which is the patrimony of the poor. For these and suchlike things many cry to the Lord; hardly one cries for the Lord Himself! How easy it is for a man to desire all manner of things from the Lord and yet not desire the Lord Himself! As though the gift could be sweeter than the Giver! ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
492:Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189 Some there are who presume so far on their wits that they think themselves capable of measuring the whole nature of things by their intellect, in that they esteem all things true which they see, and false which they see not. Accordingly, in order that man's mind might be freed from this presumption, and seek the truth humbly, it was necessary that certain things far surpassing his intellect should be proposed to man by God. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
493:Evil denotes the lack of good. Not every absence of good is an evil, for absence may be taken either in a purely negative or in aprivative sense. Mere negation does not display the character of evil, otherwise nonexistents would be evil and moreover, a thing would be evil for not possessing the goodness of something else, which would mean that man is bad for not having the strength of a lion or the speed of a wild goat. But what is evil is privation; in this sense blindness means the privation of sight. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
494:Behold our refutation of the error. It is not based on documents of faith, but on the reasons and statements of the philosophers themselves. If then anyone there be who, boastfully taking pride in his supposed wisdom, wishes to challenge what we have written, let him not do it in some corner nor before children who are powerless to decide on such difficult matters. Let him reply openly if he dare. He shall find me there confronting him, and not only my negligible self, but many another whose study is truth. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
495:It may well happen that what is in itself the more certain on account of the weakness of our intelligence, which is dazzled by the clearest objects of nature; as the owl is dazzled by the light of the sun. Hence the fact that some happen to doubt about articles of faith is not due to the uncertain nature of the truths, but to the weakness of human intelligence; yet the slenderest knowledge that may be obtained of the highest things is more desirable than the most certain knowledge obtained of lesser things. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
496:GREGORY OF NYSSA. How vain moreover is prayer for those who live by fate; Divine Providence is banished from the world together with piety, and man is made the mere instrument of the sidereal motions. For these they say move to action, not only the bodily members, but the thoughts of the mind. In a word, they who teach this, take away all that is in us, and the very nature of a contingency; which is nothing less than to overturn all things. For where will there be free will? but that which is in us must be free. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
497:Sacred Scripture, since it has no science above itself, can dispute with one who denies its principles only if the opponent admits some at least of the truths obtained through divine revelation; thus we can argue with heretics from texts in Holy Writ, and against those who deny one article of faith we can argue from another. If our opponent believes nothing of divine revelation, there is no longer any means of proving the articles of faith by reasoning, but only of answering his objections - if he has any - against faith. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
498:That which is asserted universally, by everyone, cannot possibly be totally false. For a false opinion is a kind of infirmity of the understanding, just as a false judgment concerning a proper sensible happens as the result of a weakness of the sense power involved. But defects, being outside the intention of nature, are accidental. And nothing accidental can be always and in all things; the judgment about savors given by every tasting cannot be false. Thus, the judgment uttered by everyone concerning truth cannot be erroneous. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
499:Suppose a person entering a house were to feel heat on the porch, and going further, were to feel the heat increasing, the more they penetrated within. Doubtless, such a person would believe there was a fire in the house, even though they did not see the fire that must be causing all this heat. A similar thing will happen to anyone who considers this world in detail: one will observe that all things are arranged according to their degrees of beauty and excellence, and that the nearer they are to God, the more beautiful and better they are. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas
500:Without the suitable conditions life could not exist. But both life and its conditions set forth the operations of inscrutable Power. We know not its origin; we know not its end. And the presumption, if not the degradation, rests with those who place upon the throne of the universe a magnified image of themselves, and make its doings a mere colossal imitation of their own. Wonder was the motive that led people to philosophy ... wonder is a kind of desire in knowledge. It is the cause of delight because it carries with it the hope of discovery. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas

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