To mark St. Thomas’ feast, here are a few aphorisms drawn from his writings.
- Every being naturally loves God more than itself. (ST I, 60, 5 ad 1)
- Sin is nothing other than falling away from the good which is fitting to one’s nature. (ST I-II, 109, 2 ad 2)
- Evil is never loved except under the aspect of good; that is to say, in so far as it is truly a good in some particular respect, but is conceived as absolutely good. (ST I-II, 27, 1 ad 1)
- God is one in reality but multiple according to our minds; we know him in as many ways as created things represent him. (ST I, 13, 4 ad 3)
- To know God in a created likeness is not to know the essence of God. (ST I, 12, 4 ad 1)