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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 "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."

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

3 "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."

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

5 "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."

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

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

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

9 "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."

10 "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."

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

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

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

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

15 "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."

16 "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."

17 "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."

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

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

20 ""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."

21 "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."

22 "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."

23 "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."

24 "Every detail of all the universe, every moment of every life, every hair of every head are all orderly parts arranged from eternity in the mind of God….All creation is God's work, a work intelligently done, and so planned, seen ahead of time."

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

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite