St. John Eudes (17th cent.): “Bad example is the great stumbling block in the way of virtue. It is the poison which infects the life-blood of society, and causes thousands of souls to perish daily.”
St. Thomas Aquinas (A.D. 1274: “It is written (Isa. Xi. 2): The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding… Understanding implies an intimate knowledge, for intelligere (to understand) is the same as intus legere (to read inwardly). This is clear to anyone who considers the difference between intellect and sense, because sensitive knowledge is concerned with external sensible qualities, whereas intellective knowledge penetrates into the very essence of a thing, because the object of the intellect is what a thing is… Consequently man needs a supernatural light to penetrate further still into what it cannot know by its natural light: and this supernatural light which is bestowed upon man is called the gift of understanding.” (Summa Theologiae, Pt. II-II, Q. 8, A. 1)
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