bonum est diffusivum sui

Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach out to others and seek their good. In this sense, several sayings of Saint Paul will not surprise us: “The love of Christ urges us on” (2 Cor 5:14); “Woe to me if I do not proclaim the Gospel” (1 Cor 9:16). (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium 9)

In the same way, to love the good that is participated by the blessed, to love it so as to have or possess it, does not establish the right relation between a person and blessedness, because even evil people want this good. But to love that good according to itself, that it may remain and be spread out and that nothing be done against this good, this gives to a person the right relation to that society of the blessed. (St. Thomas Aquinas, De Virtutibus, 2.2 c)

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