Appeared in 1997-1998, Vol. XXIII, Nos. 3 & 4
“The good is to be done and followed, and evil shunned,” reads a sentence in Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae.1
This is true. He who thinks it knows that there is good and there is evil, that there is ever a choice between them, that our choices establish our character, and that our character then determines the whole of our life, but he who thinks this sentence understands more as well: how hard it is for good persons to follow the good, let alone to behold it, and how hard it some times is, even for those who follow the good, to do good.2 In truth, this simple sentence of Thomas is rich, noble, and deep. It is so because it springs from truth.
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