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Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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God answered the prayers of animals. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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An act of love always tends towards two things; to the good that one wills, and to the person for whom one wills it. Thomas Aquinas
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Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God. Thomas Aquinas
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It would be superfluous to receive by faith, things that can be known by natural reason Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Of all the pursuits open to men, the search for wisdom is most perfect, more sublime, more profitable, and more full of joy. Thomas Aquinas
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Grace renders us like God and a partaker of the divine nature. Thomas Aquinas
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In the end, we know God as unknown. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Unbelief is the greatest of sins. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. Thomas Aquinas
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In questions of this sort there are two things to be observed. First, that the truth of the Scriptures be inviolably maintained. Secondly, since Scripture doth admit of diverse interpretations, that no one cling to any particular exposition with such pertinacity that, if what he supposed to be the teaching of Scripture should afterward turn out to be clearly false, he should nevertheless still presume to put it forward, lest thereby the sacred Scriptures should be exposed to the derision of unbelievers and the way of salvation should be closed to them. Thomas Aquinas
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The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. Thomas Aquinas
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The end of every maker is himself. Thomas Aquinas
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All men are equal in nature, and also in original sin. It is in the merits and demerits of their actions that they differ. Thomas Aquinas
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A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning. Thomas Aquinas
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God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. Thomas Aquinas
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It is a sin directly against one's neighbour, since one man cannot over-abound in external riches, without another man lacking them. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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It is a sin to regard the fact that God cannot do the impossible as a limitation on his powers. Thomas Aquinas
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No man truly has joy unless he lives in love. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Mistakes are made on two counts: an argument is either based on error or incorrectly developed. Thomas Aquinas
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He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught... Thomas Aquinas
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I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. I would hope to act with compassion without thinking of personal gain. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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[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. Thomas Aquinas
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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) Thomas Aquinas
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Don't ask who said it? Ask what they said. Thomas Aquinas
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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 Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. Thomas Aquinas
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Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. Thomas Aquinas
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Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. Thomas Aquinas
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Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. Thomas Aquinas
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God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter. Thomas Aquinas
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To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. Thomas Aquinas
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Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Thomas Aquinas
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