Children of God stand above present things; they contemplate those that are eternal.
…they do not allow temporal things to attract them, nor do they cling to them; instead they make those earthly things serve the end and purpose for which God made and ordained them. For the Divine Artist did not leave anything in all His creatures but what is orderly and governed by laws.
—from The Imitation of Christ by Thomas A Kempis, Book 3 – Chapter 38
354 Respect for laws inscribed in creation and the relations which derive from the nature of things is a principle of wisdom and a foundation for morality.
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I heard the quote below yesterday on The Inner Life with Chuck Neff on Relevant Radio. On the show, Father Thomas Wilson attributed this adage to Saint Thomas Aquinas. I couldn’t find the source of the quote or even the quote itself in the five minutes I spent searching for it on the internet, but I’m posting it here for me to remember nonetheless.
“The less we allow the internal law to convert our hearts the more we need external laws.”
Father Wilson went on to explain: “The proliferation of external laws is really a manifestation of the fact that… as a culture in communities, the law of God is not pervading our own hearts. And so we need all these external things to govern and regulate us because we’re not allowing God to govern our interior lives.”