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

2 "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."

3 "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."

4 "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."

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

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

7 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

13 ""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."

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

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

16 "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."

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

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

19 "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."

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

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

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

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

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite