Angels need an assumed body, not for themselves, but on our account.
Yet through virtuous living man is further ordained to a higher end, which consists in the enjoyment of God, as we have said above. Consequently, since society must have the same end as the individual man, it is not the ultimate end of an assembled multitude to live virtuously, but through virtuous living to attain...
Creator of all things, true source of light and wisdom, origin of all being, graciously let a ray of your light penetrate the darkness of my understanding. Take from me the double darkness in which I have been born, an obscurity of sin and ignorance. Give me a keen understanding, a retentive memory, and the...
Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good.
Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.
Moral science is better occupied when treating of friendship than of justice.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
God loves his creatures, and he loves each one the more, the more it shares his own goodness, which is the first and primary object of his love. Therefore he wants the desires of his rational creatures to be fulfilled because they share most perfectly of all creatures the goodness of god.And his will is...
Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to...
It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.
Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passion.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit.
Human salvation demands the divine disclosure of truths surpassing reason.