Thomas Aquinas on the Goal of All Things
“Each soul [referring to the vegetative, animal, and rational souls],” Thomas reminds us, “has a primary goal—for the human soul what it understands to be good—which all its other goals serve.” Thomas further explains what the good is: The beauty and goodness of God to which all things, in their particular instantiations, try to embody to bring the cosmos and world we inhabit to fullness of life. “God’s providence,” Thomas writes, “orders everything to a goal—his own goodness; not as if what happens could expand that goodness in any way, but things are made to reflect and express it as much as possible.” Thomas’ cosmos is mystifying because it is a cosmos permeated with love, relationality, and attachment. Everything, ideally, moves together in a seamless waltz, an orchestra, an opera, of life and love which blossoms to produce a grand radiance reflecting the life, love, and beauty of the Trinity.
Paul Krause, “Thomas Aquinas: Front Porch Cosmologist” (Front Porch Republic, 20 May 2020).