Thomas Aquinas

Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know You, a heart to seek You, wisdom to find You, conduct pleasing to You, faithful perseverance in waiting for You, and a hope of finally embracing You. Amen.


How is it they live in such harmony, the billions of stars, when most men can barely go a minute without declaring war in their minds?


The Study of philosophy is not that we may know what men have thought, but what the truth of things is. 


We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.


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.


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.


Faith has to do with things that are not seen, and hope with things that are not in hand.


The study of truth requires a considerable effort – which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge – despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men.


While injustice is the worst of sins, despair is the most dangerous; because when you are in despair you care neither about yourself nor about others.


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 ability to grasp things correctly and fundamentally. Grant me the talent of being exact in my explanations and the ability to express myself with thoroughness and charm. Point out the beginning, direct the progress, and help in the completion.


To make peace either in oneself or among others, shows a man to be a follower of God







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