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 St THOMAS AQUINAS (1225 - 1274)

It is said that the soul is, in a certain sense, all things, because it is created to know all things.  In this way it is possible for the perfection of the whole universe to have its existence in one single being.  Hence, according to philosophers, the ultimate perfection to which the soul can attain is that in it is reflected the whole order of the universe and its causes. This also, they say, is the final destiny of man, which in our opinion will be attained in the vision of God.  As St Gregory wrote, ‘What is there that they will not see, who will see him who sees all things?’


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