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118. The Production of Man's Soul

1. Plant-souls and animal-souls, after first creation,come into existence by generation; they are propagated with theliving bodies they animate.

2. The human soul, being rational, is a spirit; it cannotbe generated; it cannot come from matter, which is a thing inferiorto itself. It cannot originate except by the direct creative act ofGod in each instance.

3. The human soul does not exist before its body. By onesingle act of creation God produces the soul and joins it withmatter, and the soul constitutes this matter as a living humanbeing. The human body is generated by parents, but it is made aliving human being by the soul which God creates, and, by an actindivisible from creation, joins to matter within the body of thehuman mother.

"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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