Monday, November 13, 2006

Q57 A2: Whether an angel knows singulars?

Yes. As by His essence, by which He causes all things, God is the likeness of all things, and knows all things, not only as to their universal natures, but also as to their singularity, so through the species imparted to them do the angels know things, because they know things not only as to their universal nature, but likewise in their individual conditions, insofar as they are the manifold representations of that one simple essence.

As things proceed from God in order that they may subsist in their own natures, so likewise they proceed in order that they may exist in the angelic mind.

But administration, providence and movement are of singulars, as they are here and now existing.