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Thomas Aquinas
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Beware of the person of one book. Thomas Aquinas

[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

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

Don't ask who said it? Ask what they said. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

In the realm of evil thoughts none induces to sin as much as do thoughts that concern the pleasure of the flesh. Thomas Aquinas

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

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

Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand. Thomas Aquinas

Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches. Thomas Aquinas

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them. Thomas Aquinas

Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. Thomas Aquinas

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

Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church. Thomas Aquinas

God should not be called an individual substance, since the principal of individuation is matter. Thomas Aquinas

To live well is to work well, to show a good activity. Thomas Aquinas

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

Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

The celestial bodies are the cause of all that takes place in the sublunar world. Thomas Aquinas

As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

One cannot use an evil action with reference to a good intention. Thomas Aquinas

If you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust. Thomas Aquinas

The things we love tell us who we are. Thomas Aquinas

The light of faith makes us see what we believe. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Love follows knowledge. Thomas Aquinas

Eternity is called whole, not because it has parts, but because it is lacking in nothing. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Better to illuminate, than merely to shine. Thomas Aquinas

He (Mohammed) seduced the people by promises of carnal pleasure to which the concupiscence of the flesh urges us. His teaching also contained precepts that were in conformity with his promises, and he gave free rein to carnal pleasure. In all this, as is not unexpected; he was obeyed by carnal men. As for proofs of the truth of his doctrine, he brought forward only such as could be grasped by the natural ability of anyone with a very modest wisdom. Indeed, the truths that he taught he mingled with many fables and with doctrines of the greatest falsity. Thomas Aquinas

Every cell in us worships God. Thomas Aquinas

A man's heart is right when he wills what God wills. Thomas Aquinas

A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities. Thomas Aquinas

...the goodness of the will depends on the intention of the end. Thomas Aquinas

Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a prime mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God. Thomas Aquinas

As the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Thomas Aquinas

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 more apt for contemplation. Thomas Aquinas

Whatever is in motion must be put in motion by another. If that by which it is put in motion be itself put in motion, then this also must needs be put in motion by another, and that by another again. But this cannot go on to infinity, because then there would be no first mover, and, consequently, no other mover; seeing that subsequent movers move only inasmuch as they are put in motion by the first mover; as the staff moves only because it is put in motion by the hand. Therefore it is necessary to arrive at a first mover, put in motion by no other; and this everyone understands to be God. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

To love is to will the good of the other. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

The highest perfection of human life consists in the mind of man being detached from care, for the sake of God. Thomas Aquinas

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas

Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion. Thomas Aquinas

Venial sin becomes mortal sin when one approves it as an end. . . Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

The minister to whom confession is made is the delegate of Christ, Who is the Judge of the living and the dead. Thomas Aquinas

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 Thomas Aquinas

My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne - John Maynard Keynes Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of good wine Thomas Aquinas

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.... Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Whenever God wakes in us, our thinking becomes clear - nothing is missing. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Distinctions drawn by the mind are not necessarily equivalent to distinctions in reality. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

Do not wish to jump immediately from the streams to the sea, because one has to go through easier things to the more difficult. Thomas Aquinas

Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. Thomas Aquinas

Sloth is sluggishness of the mind which neglects to begin is evil in its effect, if it so oppresses man as to draw him away entirely from good deeds. Thomas Aquinas

In a false person, sacraments do not produce any effect. Thomas Aquinas

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. Thomas Aquinas

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