Article 2. Whether God is the supreme good? Objection 1. It seems that God is not the supreme good. For the supreme good adds something to good; otherwise it would belong to every good. But everything which is an addition to anything else is a compound thing: therefore the supreme good is a compound. But Godis supremely simple; as was shown above (I:3:7). Therefore God is not the supreme […]Read More Question 6, Article 2. Whether God is the Supreme Good?
Objection 1. It would seem that prayer is not meritorious. All merit proceeds from grace. But prayer precedes grace, since even grace is obtained by means of prayer according to Luke 11:13, “(How much more) will your Father from heaven give the good Spirit to them that ask Him!” Therefore prayer is not a meritorious act. Objection 2. Further, if prayer merits anything, this would seem to be chiefly that which is besought in prayer. Yet it does not always merit this, because even the saints‘ prayers are frequently not heard; […]Read More QUESTION 83, article 15. Whether Prayer is Meritorious?