Whether the Fellowship of Friends Is Necessary for Happiness?

 

In the Summa Theologica Saint Thomas Aquinas affirms:

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“Perfection of charity is essential for Happiness, as to the love of God, but not as to the love of our neighbour. Wherefore if there but one soul enjoying God, it would be happy, though having no neighbour to love. But supposing one neighbour to be there, love of him results from perfect love of God. Consequently, friendship is, as it were, concomitant with perfect Happiness.”

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