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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.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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