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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 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."

2 "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."

3 "Man's intellect and will are tendencies toward universal truth and universal good."

4 ""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."

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 can see in the darkness if we will look through the eyes of God."

7 "Nature bends all its energy to a return to God, becoming more like Him as it sharpens the divine image by reaching to its natural perfection."

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

9 "The great truths that must flood the mind of humanity with light are the limitless perfection of God and the perfectibility of humanity."

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

11 "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."

12 "It would be more accurate to say that God contains us rather than that we have God within us."

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

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

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

16 "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."

17 "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."

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

19 "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."

20 "We are, in a very true sense, wrapped around with God, penetrated by divinity, held up every instant by divine power that saturates all of reality and exceeds it…God is everywhere in the world as the soul is everywhere in the body; where God is not, nothing is."

21 "Every least perfection in the lowest of creatures tells us something of God, for the perfections of all the universe are in God from whom they came."

22 "The goodness of God keeps the wheels of the universe whirring;…We set our feet on a road because there is goodness at the end of it; we keep our hands at a task because the goodness at the end of it makes all the labor well worthwhile; our minds probe into every corner of the universe because our hearts are hungry for the goodness to be discovered in the universe and its Maker."

23 "Justice is the necessary foundation of peace and order in human society."

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite