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

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

3 "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."

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

6 "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."

7 "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."

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

9 "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."

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

11 "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."

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

13 "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."

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

15 "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."

16 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite