September 24, 2007
St. Thomas Aquinas

St. Thomas Aquinas says: “Praise be to Jesus.”

“I have come to tell you that the first and most basic step in holiness is to regard others' needs first. In doing so you must not look upon how everything affects you yourself, but how everything affects those around you. When you are concerned mainly for yourself, this is a sure sign of inordinate self-love. Such an attitude quickly carries you out of the First Chamber and away from humility of heart. Be solicitous and accommodating towards the needs of others, and trust in God's Provision in your own needs. This is the first and most basic step in personal holiness.”

“Disordered self-love is the inspiration of all sin and has its roots in evil. Love of God and neighbor is the basis of all holiness.”