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Sheer Joy, Conversations with Thomas Aquinas on Creation Spirituality
Matthew Fox
Foreword by Rupert Sheldrake, Afterword by Bede Griffiths

1 "Virtue increases by being exercised. If it is not exercised it grows weak." Thomas Aquinas, In Mt 25, p. 232

2 "The order of the universe, embracing natural and voluntary things alike, manifests the justice of God." Thomas Aquinas, ST I, q. 21, a. 1

3 "God is one and wise." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 2, p. 310

4 "Life is about light and darkness, joy and emptiness, pain and praise." Matthew Fox

5 "Love, according to its very nature, causes peace." Thomas Aquinas, ST II-II, q. 29, a. 3, ad 3

6 "The perfection of any one thing considered in isolation is an imperfection, for one thing is merely one part of the entire integrity of the universe arising from the assembling together of many singular perfections." Thomas Aquinas, DV, q. 2, a. 2

7 "Reason is nothing other than the light of divine brightness reflected in the soul." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on the Psalms', 36, p. 279

8 "God deliberately brings about multitude and distinction in order that the divine goodness may be brought forth and shared in many measures. There is beauty in the very diversity." Thomas Aquinas, CT 1, 102

9 "Our work of creativity is itself part of the unfolding of the divine mind, is it not? It is as if the Holy Spirit employed us, so to speak, in the work of cocreation. We truly are cocreators with the creative Spirit of God." Matthew Fox

10 "It should be noted that there is a certain hand of divine guidance, as in Wisdom 7: 'We are indeed in God's hand, we ourselves and our words, with all our understanding too, and technical knowledge.'" Thomas Aquinas, In Jer 16, p. 619

11 "The only person who truly has joy is one who lives in love." Thomas Aquinas, DC, 35

12 "We gaze at the heavens and the earth, 'Why then, how much greater must the One be who formed them!' (Wisdom 13:4)." Thomas Aquinas, CGII, ch. 2 n. 3

13 "Every single creature leads to the knowledge of the first and highest One, which is infinite in every perfection." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Peter Lombard's Book of Sentences', III Sent. 1.3, ad 3

14 "God is the universal good, embracing pure spirits and humanity and all creatures. Every creature is entirely of God." Thomas Aquinas, ST I, q. 60, a. 5

15 "God is most joyful and is therefore supremely conscious." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Aristotle's Metaphysics', III, L.11, p. 192, Gilby's translation

16 "In God's hand is the life of every living thing, and not only of the animals, but also the breath of all humanity." Thomas Aquinas, In Job 12, pp. 52-53

17 "When we are drawn to the sweetness, beauty, and goodness of creatures, how boldly we ought to be borne away to the One in whom all these little streams commingle and course!" Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa contra Gentiles', ch. 2, n. 4

18 "The image is a principle of our knowledge. It is that from which our intellectual activity begins, not as a passing stimulus, but as an enduring foundationā€¦An image implies the idea of origin." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Boethius's The Trinity', vi, 2, ad 5, & I, q. 35, a. 1

19 "Justice demands that the many have necessities before the few have luxuries." Matthew Fox

20 "A certain circulation appears in love because it is from good and toward good and that circling agrees with the divine eternity of love, since circular motion alone can be perpetual." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 450, p. 148

21 "The Son of God assumed flesh and came into the world to illumine all human beings with grace and truth." Thomas Aquinas, In Jn 1. 5, n. 104

22 "Justice is our pathway to God." Matthew Fox

23 "God's power is in every natural thing, since God is in all things by the divine essence, presence, and power." Thomas Aquinas, DP, q. 3, a. 7

24 "Humanity returns by a sort of circulatory movement to its first beginning, being united by the work of the Incarnation to the very origin of all things." Thomas Aquinas, 'A Compendium of Theology', I, 201

25 "The Scriptures say, 'of God, and by God, and in God are all things. (Romans 11:36). God embraces in the divine self all creatures. God holds all things in Godself and not successively according to time nor divided into parts, but together. Indeed, the Godhead contains all thingsā€¦.All things are in God." Thomas Aquinas

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