By Peter Kreeft

Saint Thomas Aquinas is universally famous as one of many maximum philosophers who ever lived. His writings mix the 2 primary beliefs of philosophical writing: readability and profundity. he's a grasp of metaphysics and technical terminology, but so jam-packed with either theoretical and sensible knowledge. he's the grasp of logic. His significant paintings, the Summa Theologica, is undying, yet quite very important at the present time as a result of his synthesis of religion and cause, revelation and philosophy, and the Biblical and the classical Greco-Roman heritages.

This particular ebook combines chosen crucial philosophical passages from Thomas' Summa with footnotes and factors by way of Kreeft, a favored Thomist instructor and author. Kreeft chosen these passages from Thomas which are intrinsically vital, non-technical adequate to be intelligible to fashionable readers, and probably for use in a category or by way of self reliant readers who are looking to examine the Summa on their lonesome. Kreeft's specified footnotes clarify tricky or technical passages and make contact with realization to issues of specific importance for the fashionable reader. This publication is the main clever, transparent, and worthy entry to Saint Thomas in print. contains a word list and an index.

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So if you want to reach this sighting of real peace and be a true pilgrim to Jerusalem, I shall—though I cannot put myself in your place—set you as far as I can on the way there. The start of the high road you have to follow is reformation in faith, humbly grounded in the faith and laws of Holy Church, as I have said before: you can be sure that, even if you have previously sinned, provided that you are now reformed by the sacrament of penance according to the rites of the Church, you are on the right path.

The more it comes, through grace, to resemble the image and likeness of its Creator in this way, the greater joy and happiness it will possess in heaven. 58 Walter Hilton The Lord our God is eternal and unchanging, his mighty power cannot fail, he is the height of wisdom and light, pure truth without error or distortion, absolute goodness and love, total peace and delight. So the more a soul is joined and united to our Lord, made like and turned into him, the more stable and powerful it becomes, the wiser and more enlightened it is, the greater goodness and peace it enjoys, the more loving and virtuous it will be—the more perfect, in a word.

It is safer to be humbler in your own mind and regard it as of no value, till your feelings are fired with love, and your understanding enlightened with knowledge. There, I have told you something about this, I think. I am sure there is more to say, and I am not sure that all I have said is correct. If you think differently, or if others are inspired by grace to contradict me, let me leave you with this thought (and leave the word to others): for me, the main thing is to rely on faith and not on feelings.

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