Part I, Chapter 5

  1. When is man superior to all created things and why?
  2. What did the holy martyr Maximus write?
  3. Describe the various classes from things all the way to God.
  4. What causes us to purchase with immense trouble and large sums of money the society of the great?
  5. How does Christ transform us?
  6. How does iron in the fire illustrate God’s grace in us?

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  1. 1. Man in the state of grace is superior to all created things because he is so near to God, 2. Maximus wrote, “The divinity is given us when grace penetrates our nature by a heavenly light, raising it above its natural condition by the greatness of glory.” 3. Some things enjoy existence only: lifeless things, e.g. stones and metals. Others have a certain kind of life, as the plant, which by its own innate power from the root produces the blossom and the fruit. Animals have, besides this life, the ability to feel and move. Man, finally, has also a spiritual life, so that he may know and love even immaterial things. Above man, there is an immeasurable gradation of pure spirits, invisible to us. Each spirit has its own peculiar high perfection. Infinitely above all these natures is that of God, for no other nature is so purely spiritual. All other natures are darkness compared to the Divine Sun, 4. Our ambition makes us purchase with immense trouble and large sums of money the society of the great. Worldly honors often consist in the opinion and esteem of men, rather than in the possession of intrinsic worth, 5. Christ transforms us by the Holy Ghost into His image and elevates us to an uncreated dignity, 6. St. Thomas said that when iron is put into fire and penetrated by its heat, it appears bright, warm, flexible and liquid, without losing its own nature. If we remember now that God is the purest spiritual light and the fire of eternal love itself, we can in some measure understand how God, descending with His full glory to His creature, or receiving it into His bosom, can, without destroying its nature, penetrate it with the full glow of His light and warmth, so that its natural lowliness and weakness disappear, and it is seemingly altogether absorbed in God.

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  2. 1. Man in the state of grace is so superior to all created things because he is so near to God. 2. The holy martyr Maximus writes: “the divinity is given us when grace penetrates our nature by a heavenly light, raising it above its natural condition by the greatness of glory.” 3. Each class differs in its nature from the others and is more perfect than others, so that all together they form a ladder of many rounds, the summit of which is occupied by God. 4. Our ambition makes us purchase with immense trouble and large sums of money the society of the great 5.Christ transforms us by the Holy Ghost into His image and elevates us to an uncreated dignity. 6. Iron put into fire and penetrated by its heat, it appears bright, warm, flexible and liquid, without losing its own nature. God is the purest spiritual light and the fire of eternal love itself, we can understand how God, descending with His full glory to His creature, or receiving it into His bosom can penetrate it with the full glow of His light and warmth, so that its natural lowliness and weakness disappear, and it is seemingly altogether absorbed in God.

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