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

1 "In fact, the desire for joy is inherently stronger than the fear of sadness." Thomas Aquinas, 'Summa Theologica', q. 35, a. 6

2 "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

3 "The life of nature and the life of the mind are not independent of the life of God; they are an expression of God's life and creative power." Rupert Sheldrake, Foreword

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

5 "The nature of things is not subject to human power, but only to divine power, whose will all things obey." Thomas Aquinas, ST II-II, q. 66, a. 1

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

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

8 "God so communicates the divine goodness to created beings that one thing that receives it can transfer it to another." Thomas Aquinas, CG II, ch. 59 n. 16

9 "Justice preserves the whole universe." Matthew Fox

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

11 "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

12 "All things – not only those that have knowledge, but also those without….All things are destined and directed by God to good, and this is done in such a way that in each one is a principle by which it tends of itself to good as if seeking good itself, as if reaching for it of its own accord. For this reason it is said in the Book of Wisdom (8:1) that divine wisdom 'orders all things sweetly' because each one by its own motion tends to that for which it has been divinely destined." Thomas Aquinas, 'On Truth', q. 22, a. 1

13 "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

14 "The whole universe is like one principality and one kingdom, and must therefore be governed by one ruler." Thomas Aquinas, In Meta XII, L. 12, p. 925

15 "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

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

17 "All of life, existence itself, the universe, all history, is mysterious and holy. Or, as Rabbi Heschel puts it, 'Just to be is a blessing, just to live is holy.'"

18 "No person is in such darkness as to be completely devoid of divine light. The divine light shines in the darkness and radiates upon all." Thomas Aquinas, 'Commentary on the Gospel of John', 1.5, n. 103

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

20 "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

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

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

23 "The Cosmic Christ represents a primary archetype of the mystical tradition in the West."

24 "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

25 "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

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