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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

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

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

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

Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God. Thomas Aquinas

God answered the prayers of animals. Thomas Aquinas

Man is closer to God according to his existence in grace than he is according to his existence in nature. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

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

The Blessed Eucharist is the perfect Sacrament of the Lord's Passion, since It contains Christ Himself and his Passion. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

Unbelief is the greatest of sins. Thomas Aquinas

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

No man truly has joy unless he lives in love. Thomas Aquinas

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

Mistakes are made on two counts: an argument is either based on error or incorrectly developed. Thomas Aquinas

There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning. Thomas Aquinas

He who is dying of hunger must be fed rather than taught. Thomas Aquinas

I receive Thee ransom of my soul. For love of Thee have I studied and kept vigil toiled preached and taught... Thomas Aquinas

God is never angry for His sake, only for ours. Thomas Aquinas

It would be superfluous to receive by faith, things that can be known by natural reason Thomas Aquinas

Humility is the mark of a genuine disciple. Thomas Aquinas

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

The end of every maker is himself. Thomas Aquinas

It is a sin to regard the fact that God cannot do the impossible as a limitation on his powers. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

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

A thing is lovable according as it is good. But God is infinite good. Therefore He is infinitely lovable. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

The soul is like an uninhabited world that comes to life only when God lays His head against us. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

Grace renders us like God and a partaker of the divine nature. Thomas Aquinas

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

Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious. Thomas Aquinas

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

Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice. Thomas Aquinas

In the end, we know God as unknown. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

The splendor of a soul in grace is so seductive that it surpasses the beauty of all created things. Thomas Aquinas

Art is right reason in the doing of work. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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

I can write no more. All that I have written seems like straw. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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

It is necessary for the perfection of human society that there should be men who devote their lives to contemplation. Thomas Aquinas

The servants of God...whether provoked by word or work, by keeping themselves tranquil and peaceful, evince a perfect nobleness of soul. Thomas Aquinas

Beware the man of one book. Thomas Aquinas

An angel can illuminate the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision. Thomas Aquinas

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

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. Thomas Aquinas

Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. Thomas Aquinas

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