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70. Work of the Fourth Day of Creation

1. The light that was created first was not the light of the luminous heavenly bodies, for these were not created until the fourth day. After the earth was formed and adorned with plants, it was fittingly furnished with the illumination that came with the creation of the luminous heavenly bodies.

2. These luminaries are accounted for in scripture which speaks of their usefulness to man, and they were provided for him before he was placed on the earth. They enable man to see with bodily sight; they support life in living bodies; they mark and occasion the changes of season; they are conveniences as signs and forecastings.

3. The luminous heavenly bodies are not living bodies.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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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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