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

1 "There is nothing that the human mind cannot understand potentially. It is capable of knowing all things. The greatness of the human person consists in this: that it is capable of the universe (capax universi)….capable of grasping the whole of being. We are also capable of embracing the whole of being." Thomas Aquinas, CG III

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

3 "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

4 "Creatures are somewhat likened to the very nature of God, forasmuch as they derive their being from the first being, their goodness from the sovereign good." Thomas Aquinas, ST I, q. 3, a. 4, ad 9

5 "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

6 "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

7 "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

8 "To know God in some fashion is natural for the human intelligence no matter what state it is in." Thomas Aquinas, 'ST II, q. 13, a. 1, ad 1

9 "Choice seems to lie at the core of the creative process." Matthew Fox

10 "Because we all share one Creator, we are all brothers and sisters." Matthew Fox

11 "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

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

13 "Justice preserves the whole universe." Matthew Fox

14 "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 foundation…An image implies the idea of origin." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on Boethius's The Trinity', vi, 2, ad 5, & I, q. 35, a. 1

15 "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

16 "God wills that human beings exist for the sake of the perfection of the universe." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on the Letter to the Ephesians', 1.6a

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

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

19 "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

20 "Light is given to the sun not to shine alone on itself but also on the whole earth. So too, God wills that all our gifts of wealth, power, knowledge should benefit others." Thomas Aquinas, In 2 Cor, ch. 1, p. 301

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

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

23 "There is a kind of wealth or treasure hidden inside each one of us that must not be buried." Matthew Fox

24 "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 things….All things are in God." Thomas Aquinas

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

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