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

1 "Every being in its essence is good and participates in the divine goodness

2 "The principal inclination of each part is toward common action conducive to the good of the whole." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', q. 26, a. 3

3 "God acts in all things from within….God works at the heart of all activity." Thomas Aquinas, ST I, q. 105, a. 5

4 "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

5 "These (morphic) fields, according to the hypothesis of formative causation, contain an inherent memory, a kind of pooled or collective memory of the species. They organize not only bodily development but also instinctive behavior and mental activity….Tthere is no doubt that much of the medieval conception of the soul as an invisible animating principle has been carried over into the field concept. This is particularly clear in the case of magnets, which were believed from ancient times until the seventeenth century to have magnetic souls within and around them. Today we would say that the properties of magnets depend on the magnetic fields within and around them. In the context of electro-magnetic fields, and particularly the properties of such fields expressed in holograms, I find (Thomas) Aquinas opens up an amazing vista of thought by inviting us to compare the pervasive nature of the soul with that of God: 'The whole human soul is in the whole body and also in every part of the body, just as God is present to the entire universe." See Rupert Sheldrake's 'A New Science of Life, Los Angeles: Tarcher, 1982, and 'The Presence of the Past', New York: Vintage, 1989

6 "God is known through the knowledge we have, since whatever falls into our knowing, we receive as brought from God." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 731, p. 274

7 "Love…has no limit to its increase, since it is a participation in the infinite love that is the Holy Spirit." Thomas Aquinas, ST II-II, q. 24, a. 7

8 "I myself find it helpful to compare the field aspect of physical reality to the Logos, the Word, the formative principle. The energy aspect of reality, with energy as the principle of flow, change, and activity, is like an aspect of the Spirit. Both come from and relate back to a unifying source." Rupert Sheldrake

9 "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

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

11 "There is an indissoluble strength in the connection of things….by virtue of the one cause containing and assembling them into one." Thomas Aquinas, DDN

12 "Our being, living and moving are themselves caused by God. In another sense things are said to be in God, as in the one who knows them, in which sense they are in God through their proper ideas, which in God are not distinct from the divine essence." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', I, q. 18, a. 4, ad 1

13 "In the making of the very least creature there is manifested the infinite power, wisdom, and goodness of God." Thomas Aquinas, In III Sent 1.3, ad 3

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

15 "While pleasure can be entire and perfect, sadness is always partial." Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica I-II, q. 35, a. 6

16 "Our capacity to birth – including the birthing of virtue – derives from the very Creator and artist of all things, including the human being." Matthew Fox

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

18 "God contains all things and hugs them in an embrace." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L.12, p. 925

19 "Creativity is something we are all ultimately responsible for. It comes from inside us in a unique way." Matthew Fox

20 "Virtue is a kind of spiritual path that assures a life of quality and purpose."

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

22 "There is nothing that does not share in goodness and beauty. Each thing is good and beautiful by its proper form. Everything images the divine goodness in its way." Thomas Aquinas, DDN, n. 355, p. 115

23 "All things are subject to divine providence, not only in general, but even in their own individual selves." Thomas Aquinas, ST I, q. 22, a. 2

24 "Compassion is the fulfillment of justice, not its abolition." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', I, q. 21, a. 3, ad 2

25 "God brings a healing peace to us whether we live in joy or in sorrow." Matthew Fox

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