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

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

3 "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."

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

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

6 "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."

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

8 "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."

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

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

11 "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."

12 "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."

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

14 "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."

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

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

17 ""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."

18 "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."

19 "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."

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

21 "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."

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

23 "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."

24 "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."

25 "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."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite