Of God and His Creatures

That Things aim at Likeness to God in being Causes of other Things

A thing must be first perfect in itself before it can cause another thing. The last perfection to supervene upon a thing is its becoming the cause of other things. While then a creature tends by many ways to the likeness of God, the last way left open to it is to seek the divine likeness by being the cause of other things, according to what the Apostle says, We are God's coadjutors (1 Cor. iii, 9).*

3.20 : How things copy the Divine Goodness
3.24 : That all things seek Good, even things devoid of Consciousness