Grace renders us like God and a partaker of the divine nature.
There can be no joy in living without joy in work.
Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; justice without mercy is cruelty.
A song is the exultation of the mind dwelling on eternal things, bursting forth in the voice.
There is, therefore, a more perfect intellectual life in the angels. In them the intellect does not proceed to self-knowledge from anything exterior, but knows itself through itself.
Angels transcend every religion, every philosophy, every creed. In fact Angels have no religion as we know it... Their existence precedes every religious system that has ever existed on Earth.
Baptism is the door of the spiritual life and the gateway to the sacraments.
Likewise grace and glory are referred to the same genus, since grace is nothing other than a certain first beginning of glory in us.
To love God is something greater than to know Him.
He who is not angry when there is just cause for anger is immoral. Why? Because anger looks to the good of justice. And if you can live amid injustice without anger, you are immoral as well as unjust.
Peace is the work of justice indirectly, in so far as justice removes the obstacles to peace; but it is the work of charity (love) directly, since charity, according to its very notion, causes peace.
Clearly the person who accepts the Church as an infallible guide will believe whatever the Church teaches.
All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.
Reason in man is rather like God in the world.
Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.
Man should not consider his material possession his own, but as common to all, so as to share them without hesitation when others are in need.
Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
If, then, you are looking for the way by which you should go, take Christ, because He Himself is the way.
It is possible to demonstrate God's existence, although not a priori, yet a posteriori from some work of His more surely known to us.
It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.
By nature all men are equal in liberty, but not in other endowments.
We can't have full knowledge all at once. We must start by believing; then afterwards we may be led on to master the evidence for ourselves.
How can we live in harmony? First we need to know we are all madly in love with the same God.
Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.
Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.
Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Law is nothing other than a certain ordinance of reason for the common good, promulgated by the person who has the care of the community.
Law; an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.
The things that we love tell us what we are.
All that is true, by whomsoever it has been said has its origin in the Spirit.
The 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.
Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
Justice is a certain rectitude of mind whereby a man does what he ought to do in the circumstances confronting him.
Beware of the person of one book.
There is but one Church in which men find salvation, just as outside the ark of Noah it was not possible for anyone to be saved.
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.
The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God; the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
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.
Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.