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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.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"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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"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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