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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.

"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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