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Title: Aquinas's Ethics
Subtitle: The Infused Virtues and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Author(s): STUMP, Eleonore
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 95    Issue: 2   Date: 2019   
Pages: 269-281
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.95.2.3286476

Abstract :
This paper explores Aquinas’s ethics. For Aquinas, the moral life begins with a surrender to God on the part of a person Jerome as Jerome comes to faith. That surrender includes a change in Jerome’s will from the state of resisting God’s love and grace to quiescence, the cessation of resistance. Once Jerome’s will is in this quiescent state, God infuses grace into Jerome’s will. On Aquinas’s views, in an instant this grace moves Jerome’s will to the will of faith. In that same instant, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell in Jerome and also brings into Jerome all the infused virtues, as well as all the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. The paper explores Aquinas’s claims about the infused virtues and the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, and it argues that for Aquinas the moral life is first and foremost a matter of having a right second-personal relationship to God.

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