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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 "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."

2 ""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."

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

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

5 "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."

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

7 "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."

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

9 "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."

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

11 "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."

12 "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."

13 "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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 "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."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite