"we needed none of these having for our comfort the holy Books, that are in our hands." --Maccabees 12:9
Started by Geremia, May 16, 2019, 08:35:48 AM
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QuoteFollowing St. Gregory the Great, St. Thomas writes: Temporal goods appear desirable when we do not have them; but when we do have them, we see their poverty, which cannot meet our desire and which therefore produces disillusion, lassitude, and often repugnance. In spiritual goods the inverse is true. They do not seem desirable to those who do not have them and who desire especially sensible good. But the more we possess them the more we know their value and the more we love them.⁴ For the same reason, material goods, the same house, the same field, cannot belong simultaneously and integrally to many persons. Spiritual goods, on the contrary, one and the same truth, one and the same virtue, can belong simultaneously and completely to all. And the more perfectly we possess these goods, the better we can communicate them to others.⁵ This is especially true of the sovereign good. Ia IIae, q.31, a.5; q.32, a.2; q.33, a.2.Ia IIae, q. 28, a.4 ad 2; IIIa, q. 23, a. 1 ad 3.
Quote from: Kephapaulos on May 26, 2019, 11:09:28 PMThis topic makes me think of a difference between Thomism and Scotism, which is ultimate happiness being in the intellect vs. the will.