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

2 "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."

3 "The world moves on, and everything in it, from sunrise to sunset, from new moon to full moon, from century to century, as if it had intelligence; as an arrow flies to its mark as though it had eyes. The arrow is in fact directed by eyes, but by the eyes and hands of the archer; the world too is directed by an intelligence, by the intelligence of God."

4 "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."

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

6 "The whole world is ruled by the Providence of God….It is the Divine Mind which directs all the activities and movements of all creatures."

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

8 "Love builds on justice or it is not love at all."

9 "In a very real sense, there is a kind of knowledge of God buried deep in every human being, as deep as the demand for happiness."

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

11 "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."

12 "Just as an apple tree works to produce fruit, so man works to produce good acts."

13 "Good is an expanding force, capable of opening up the soul to the limitless vistas of the Divine Being."

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

15 "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."

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

17 "Our happiness or misery is a matter of the objects of our loves."

18 "We do indeed become the thing we love."

19 "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."

20 "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."

21 ""The characteristic note of all goodness is its desirability; its demand is for love, which is no more than the recognition of the heart-filling character of goodness."

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

23 "The allure of the good is an ennobling invitation; for it is essentially a promise that we can become a part of this loved thing or make it a part of ourselves."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite