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Thomas Aquinas
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Jesus Lord, kind Pelican, Cleanse my filth with Thy blood, One drop of which can save The whole world from all its sin Thomas Aquinas
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O how unspeakable is this Sacrament which sets our affections ablaze with charity. ... It is the fulfillment of Christ's Mystical Body. Thomas Aquinas
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It is written: "Wizards thou shalt not suffer to live" (Ex. 22:18); and: "In the morning I put to death all the wicked of the land" (Ps. 100:8). ... Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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God himself would not permit evil in this world if good did not come of it for the benefit and harmony of the universe. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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It is only God who creates. Man merely rearranges. Thomas Aquinas
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To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly. Thomas Aquinas
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Whatever is received is received according to the nature of the recipient. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Reason in man is rather like God in the world. Thomas Aquinas
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It is not possible to be ignorant of the end of things if we know their beginning. Thomas Aquinas
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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 Thomas Aquinas
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The happy man in this life needs friends. Thomas Aquinas
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There must be must be a first mover existing above all - and this we call God. Thomas Aquinas
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Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments. Thomas Aquinas
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It would seem that zeal is not an effect of love. For zeal is a beginning of contention. Thomas Aquinas
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Sin is a spiritual illness; thus sinners are in need of salvation. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Faith will tell us Christ is present, When our human senses fail. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Charity is love; not all love is charity. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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We can open our hearts to God, but only with Divine help. Thomas Aquinas
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It is on account neither of God's weakness nor ignorance that evil comes into the world, but rather it is due to the order of his wisdom and the greatness of his goodness that diverse grades of goodness occur in things, many of which would be lacking if no evil were permitted. Indeed, the good of patience would not exist without the evil of persecution; nor the good of preservation of life in a lion if not for the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Christ was either liar, lunatic, or Lord! Thomas Aquinas
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He who is drawn to something desirable does not desire to have it as a thought but as a thing. Thomas Aquinas
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In a false person, sacraments do not produce any effect. Thomas Aquinas
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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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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. Thomas Aquinas
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All admit that indulgences have some value; for it would be blasphemy to say that the Church does anything in vain. Thomas Aquinas
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Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Devotion is a certain act of the will by which man gives himself promptly to divine service. Thomas Aquinas
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For those with faith, no evidence is necessary; for those without it, no evidence will suffice. Thomas Aquinas
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God destines us for an end beyond the grasp of reason. Thomas Aquinas
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The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. Thomas Aquinas
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To virginity is awarded the tribute of the highest beauty Thomas Aquinas
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But man is freer than all the animals, on account of his free-will, with which he is endowed above all other animals. Thomas Aquinas
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Any error about creation also leads to an error about God. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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To love God is something greater than to know Him. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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You change people by delight, by pleasure. Thomas Aquinas
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He who achieves power by violence does not truly become lord or master. Thomas Aquinas
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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.... Thomas Aquinas
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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.... Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever. Thomas Aquinas
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The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly rather than to attack them. Thomas Aquinas
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Love is a binding force, by which another is joined to me and cherished by myself. Thomas Aquinas
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Well-ordered self-love is right and natural. Thomas Aquinas
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Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good. Thomas Aquinas
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Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness. Thomas Aquinas
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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. Thomas Aquinas
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Charity is the form, mover, mother and root of all the virtues. Thomas Aquinas
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