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67. Light: Work of the First Day of Creation

1. Light means what the eye requires so that it may seeand also what the mind requires that it may understand. We constantly use the word light in both senses; we speak of the light of day, and we also say that an explanation of a problem or difficulty "throws light on the subject."

2. Light in its meaning as the illumination of the bodily universe is not a substance.

3. Bodily light is an active quality which pertains to a luminous bodily substance. The effect of light is different according to the different substances from which it comes.

4. It is suitable that the creation of light be the work of the first day, for in light other works may fittingly proceed.

"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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"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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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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