January 28: St Thomas Aquinas

Read here:  St Thomas Aquinas Biography


1-The highest manifestation of life consists in this: that a being governs its own actions. A thing which is always subject to the direction of another is somewhat of a dead thing.”

2-Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”

3-Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.”

4-Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.

5-How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.”
6-Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”

7- Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate he knowledge of God is the cause of things. For the knowledge of God is to all creatures what the knowledge of the artificer is to things made by his art.

8-There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

9-Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.

10-It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.

11-To pretend angels do not exist because they are invisible is to believe we never sleep because we don’t see ourselves sleeping.

12-To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.


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