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56. Angelic Knowledge of Nonmaterial Things

1. An angel knows itself by being itself, for God creates it knowing. In knowing itself the angel knows a non-material substance.

2. The knowledge of God, existing eternally in the divine Word, is imparted, according to God's will, to the angel; and thus the angel knows itself and other things. Each angel knows every other angel.

3. An angel knows that it is God's image, and thus far it knows God naturally. God also imparts to good angels the supernatural knowledge of himself which makes them happy or blessed in the beatific vision.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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