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10. The Beatific Knowledge in Christ

1. The human soul of Christ is as perfect as a human soulcan be, but it is always a finite soul. Hence this soul,enjoying the beatific vision, does not comprehend the divineEssence in the full and accurate meaning of the wordcomprehend. For to say that the human soul of Christcomprehends the divine Essence would be to say that afinite soul perfectly compasses the infinite; and this is quiteimpossible.

2. Christ as man knows all things in the divine Word, forChrist is the divine Word as well as true and creaturalman. The human mind of Christ does not itself know all thingspossible; here again we should have a case of finite encompassinginfinite. But the human mind of Christ does know, in the Word, allthat is actually said or thought or done by anyone at any time,past, present, or to come.

3. The human soul of Christ knows its own power, and allthat this power can accomplish. And therefore Christ knows that hispower can go on cleansing souls from sin and doing good to man,without limit; it can be said, in this sense, that Christ as man"knows infinite things."

4. The human soul of Christ is united to the Word inPerson; therefore it is more fully enlightened by the Word than anyother creature. Therefore, the human soul of Christ beholds thedivine Essence in vision more perfectly than any other creature inheaven.

"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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"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 more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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