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My Way of Life, The Summa Simplified for Everyone
Walter Farrell and Martin J. Healy
The authors present St. Thomas Aquinas' 'Summa Theologica' in a form which everyone can understand.

1 "No one need ever be ignorant of God. Every single thing in the universe is plainly signed with the name of the divine Artist; and each thing has a distinct truth to tell about its Maker."

2 "The government of the world is the execution of the Providence of God."

3 "To know something of ourselves is already to know a great deal about God, for we are made in His image."

4 "God is indeed not far from any one of us; rather, He is in us, as He is in every created thing, profoundly, intimately, more present to us than we are to ourselves."

5 "The world is a mirror flashing back different facets of divine beauty, and all that is, by that very existence, shouts aloud God's name: He Who Is."

6 "We cannot retain our freedom if we cut ourselves off from God."

7 "The world is built on truth and filled with goodness."

8 "We can open our eyes to the sharp hints of divine glory in the eager promise of spring, the austere cleanliness of winter, or the lush richness of late summer's fulfillment;…The minute details of nature's organization can stagger our minds with their multitude and complexity and so give us an insight into the horizons of divine wisdom."

9 "To look at creatures is to marvel at the perfection of detail and symmetry of organization in the executed plan of the divine architect; infinite wisdom achieving the patterns of divinity, dazzling reflections of divinity glittering before the eyes. A glance ahead, down the road along which each creature rushes so intently, shows us the fixed purpose of all nature: to get closer to God, to struggle to that individual perfection which is a better imaging of the infinite perfection, to come to the beginning and the goal of all that is."

10 "Our hearts are made for goodness, as the eye is made for color and the ear for sound."

11 "In us, as in all creatures, perfection is reached by greater and greater complexity with more and more perfect order; the enriched powers and smooth precision of cooperation give a created image of the absolute simplicity that is divine richness. Created organization is the best possible reflection of divine unity."

12 "There are no areas of anarchy in nature; no successful secession from the divine government of the world."

13 "Our will, the faculty of our desire and our love, is in ceaseless pursuit of goodness."

14 "The light of reason is a reflection of the light of the eternal law."

15 "Faith is a habit which perfects humanity's reason or intellect."

16 "There is but one Governor of the world, as there is but one Architect and one Creator."

17 "The natural inclination of every creature is an inclination to good."

18 "There is a divine Providence, a divine government, that guides a person; there is a power greater than man that moves him precisely to his responsible mastery of his own life."

19 "Man is free. He is not the helpless slave of biology, or psychology, or sociology."

20 "His image is in us, however deeply buried under the debris of our living, and heaven is never beyond the reach of our fingers."

21 "Eternity is a cloak wrapped about and enclosing yesterday, today and tomorrow in one moment that never ends."

22 "The divine will must be seen first in its primary and eternal activity – as a roaring flame warming all the halls of eternity with the fervor of its love. We must see, in other words, something of the sublime attractiveness of the divine will before we can begin to see rightly its mysterious working with our own will, and with the world."

23 "Echoes of our living ring down the valleys of the lives of others like the voices of distant bells, quietly, impartially, implacably reaching out to the most secluded, almost forgotten hamlets of humanity."

24 "In actual fact, the justice of God is the truth of God at work. It is the divine Architect's measuring mind tracing in creative lines the pattern of all that is….This divine mortising of the universe into a whole with order is the creative justice of God."

25 "Every detail of all the universe, every moment of every life, every hair of every head are all orderly parts arranged from eternity in the mind of God….All creation is God's work, a work intelligently done, and so planned, seen ahead of time."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite