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11. Christ's Infused Knowledge

1. Christ's human intellect is enriched with thefullness of infused knowledge. For, by reason of thehypostatic union, the human faculties of our Lord are as perfect assuch faculties can possibly be; and to have infused knowledge is aperfection of the human mind. By divinely infused knowledge, Christas man knows all that any or all human minds can learn by therational power (for instance, Christ perfectly knows all humansciences); he also knows all revealed truths, and all truths madeknown to the mind by the gifts of the Holy Ghost and the gratuitousgraces. But Christ as man knows the divine Essence, not by infusedknowledge, but by the direct and intuitive knowledge of thebeatific vision.

2. Since our Lord as man had the beatific vision from thebeginning, He could understand in its light, without turning (asmen on earth must do) to the sense-images called phantasms.

3. Our Lord did not need, here on earth, to thinkdiscursively, that is, to reason things out. But he could and diduse the reasoningmethod in expressing his knowledge for thebenefit of others, thus to make clear to them the logical nature ofhis teachings.

4. The infused knowledge possessed by Christ as man ismore excellent than the knowledge possessed by the angels, andthis, both in extent, and in the perfection of pure certitude. Forthe spiritual enlightenment of Christ's human soul is moreexcellent, by reason of the hypostatic union, than that which isshed upon any other creature, human or angelic.

5. The knowledge infused into the human mind of Christ ishabitual knowledge, a stable possession, to be used whenhe pleased.

6. Since Christ's soul is a human soul with humanmodes of understanding, his infused knowledge is classified asconstituting distinct sciences; that is, his knowledge is anorderly knowledge of things and classes of thingsknowable.

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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