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117. Man's Action Upon Things

1. Man acts upon his fellow man. In special, man canenlighten or teach others.

2. Man cannot teach or enlighten angels, but by his speechor prayer he can make known to angels what they could not otherwiseknow, that is, his own secret thoughts and intentions.

3. Man cannot move or affect bodies directly by acts offree will. Indirectly his will can move or change bodies by itsdecision which makes a man take hold on bodies and change them. Andindirectly, by holding the mind and imagination to a certain trainof thought or fancy, the will can work a change in a man's ownbody. Thus may a man move himself to resolution, to calmness intrial, to anger; and concomitant changes result in the body itself.Of course, by natural action, man's will commands the normalmovements of the body exercised in such acts as stretching out thehands, or walking.

4. When the human soul is separated from its body bydeath, it has no further control over the members of that body, orof any other body, unless God, by a miracle, should give it thatpower.

"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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