The greatness of the human being consists in this: that it is capable of the universe.
De Veritate (On Truth) q. 1, art. 2, ad 4
Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium Sanguinisque pretiosi, Quem in mundi pretium Fructus ventris generosi Rex effudit gentium.Thomas AquinasSing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
Thus Angels' Bread is made The Bread of man today: The Living Bread from Heaven With figures doth away: O wondrous gift indeed! The poor and lowly may Upon their Lord and Master feed.Thomas AquinasSacris Solemniis Juncta Sint Gaudia (Matins hymn for Corpus Christi), stanza 6 (Panis Angelicus)
O saving Victim, opening wide The gate of heaven to man below, Our foes press on from every side, Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.Thomas AquinasVerbum Supernum Prodiens (hymn for Lauds on Corpus Christi), stanza 5 (O Salutaris Hostia)
Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship.Thomas AquinasQuaestiones disputatae: De caritate (ca. 1270)
It must be said that charity can, in no way, exist along with mortal sin.Thomas AquinasQuaestiones disputatae: De caritate (ca. 1270)
We can open our hearts to God, but only with Divine help.Thomas AquinasQuaestiones de veritate disputatae q 24, art. 15, ad 2
It is on account neither of God's weakness nor ignorance that evil comes into the world, but rather it is due to the order of his wisdom and the greatness of his goodness that diverse grades of goodness occur in things, many of which would be lacking if no evil were permitted. Indeed, the good of patience would not exist without the evil of persecution; nor the good of preservation of life in a lion if not for the evil of the destruction of the animals on which it lives.Thomas AquinasDe Potentia (On Power) q. 3, art. 6, ad 4
Everything I have written seems like straw by comparison with what I have seen and what has been revealed to me.Thomas AquinasAs quoted in Sacred Games : A History of Christian Worship (1997) by Bernhard Lang, p. 323
Not everyone who is enlightened by an angel knows that he is enlightened by him.Thomas AquinasI, q. 111, art. 1, ad 3
Yet if heretics be altogether uprooted by death, this is not contrary to Our Lord's command [in Matthew 13:30], which is to be understood as referring to the case when the cockle [weeds] cannot be plucked up without plucking up the wheat, as we explained above (10, 8, ad 1), when treating of unbelievers in general.Thomas AquinasII-II, q. 11, art. 3, ad. 3
Whatever was in the human nature of Christ was moved at the bidding of the divine will; yet it does not follow that in Christ there was no movement of the will proper to human nature, for the good wills of other saints are moved by God's will... For although the will cannot be inwardly moved by any creature, yet it can be moved inwardly by God.Thomas AquinasIII, q. 18, art. 1, ad 1
Even as in the blessed in heaven there will be most perfect charity, so in the damned there will be the most perfect hate. Wherefore as the saints will rejoice in all goods, so will the damned grieve for all goods. Consequently the sight of the happiness of the saints will give them very great pain; hence it is written (Isaiah 26:11): "Let the envious people see and be confounded, and let fire devour Thy enemies." Therefore they will wish all the good were damned.Thomas AquinasSupplement, Q98, Article 4Note: This Supplement to the Third Part was compiled after Aquinas's death by Regnald of Piperno, out of material from Aquinas's much earlier "Commentary on the Sentences".
Gods are called many by the error of some who worshipped many deities, thinking as they did the planets and other stars were gods, and also the separate parts of the world.Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, First Part, Question 11 (1265–1274).
Charity, by which God and neighbor are loved, is the most perfect friendship.Thomas AquinasThomas Aquinas, uaestiones disputatae: De caritate (ca. 1270)
Pange, lingua, gloriosi Corporis mysterium Sanguinisque pretiosi, Quem in mundi pretium Fructus ventris generosi Rex effudit gentium.Thomas AquinasTranslation: Sing, my tongue, the Savior's glory,
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