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173. The Conveying of Prophetic Knowledge

1. The prophetic vision which gives the prophet hisknowledge is not the vision of God in heaven. If a prophet were tosee God in the beatific vision, he would be instantly glorified andconfirmed in grace, and this is impossible to man while he is awayfarer, that is, is living this earthly life.

2. The revelation made to a prophet by divine power issometimes an infusing of new ideas; sometimes, a new arrangement ofideas the prophet already possesses; and sometimes, a light thatshows hitherto unseen implications in old ideas in their oldarrangement.

4. It is possible that the prophet himself should not understandwhat the Holy Ghost means by the prophetic utterance. Davidunderstood that he had prophesied when he said (II Kings 23:2):"The spirit of the Lord hath spoken by me." But Caiphasdid not understand when he prophesied (John 11:51): "And thishe spoke, not ofhimself, but being the high-priest of thatyear, he prophesied that Jesus should die for the nation."

7. Man forms ideas in the natural way byabstraction which draws intelligible species(that is, understandable essences) from the findings of senserepresented in imagination-images or phantasms. This process is notalways followed in the conveying of prophetic knowledge. Divinelyimparted knowledge is sometimes directly impressed without theservice of senses or phantasms. And sometimes it is an infusedlight which makes manifest what was not known in the naturalprocess of human knowing.

"It is vanity to be concerned with the present only and not to make provision for things to come."
Thomas á Kempis

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."
The Cure D'Ars

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