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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 "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."

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

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

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

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

8 "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."

9 "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."

10 ""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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 "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."

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

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

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

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

23 "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."

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite