Valuable Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas

    We had a great semester with Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, OP in our course St. Thomas and Critical Thinking. With permission from Fr. Aureada, let me share to you some valuable life lessons we learned from St. Thomas Aquinas. More can be read from the book, “An Angelic Mind in a Human Face – St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals” written by our dear professor.

09/09/12
“Jennifer,
Wish you learn a lesson for life in the earthly life of St. Thomas – a brilliant mind who used his talents for the Service of God’s Word.”

Message of Fr. Aureada
Message of Fr. Aureada

LIFE

  1. “The things that we love tell us what we are.”
  2. “Beware the man of one book.”
  3. “Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.”
  4. “Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”
  5. “To live well is to work well to show a good activity.”
  6. “Wonder is the desire for knowledge.”
  7. “A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.”
  8. “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”
  9. “Law is an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.”
  10. “To contemplate and to share with others the fruits of one’s contemplation.”

Fr. Aureada and Classmates

VIRTUE

  1. “Perfection of moral virtues does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.”
  2. ‘Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”
  3. “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
  4. “Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.”
  5. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
  6. “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends, even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
  7. “Man cannot live without joy; therefore, when he is deprived of true spiritual joys, it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”
  8. “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine.”
  9. “Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions.”
  10. “The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly (steadfastly) rather than to attack them.”
  11. “When fear is excessive, it can make many men despair.”

“An Angelic Mind in a Human Face – St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals” Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP

“An Angelic Mind in a Human Face

– St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals”
Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP

TRUTH

  1. “Truth is strong in itself and cannot be destroyed by any assault.”
  2. “Lord, in my zeal for the love of truth, let me not forget the truth about love.”

ART

  1. “The end of every maker is himself.”
  2. “The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.”
  3. “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands, and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
With Fr. Aureada and Classmates photo from dearest Bing
With Fr. Aureada and Classmates photo from dearest Bing

PHILOSOPHY

  1. “Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fable.”
  2. “Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”

© Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm

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