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17. The Oneness of the Being of Christ

1. The dual number is used in speaking of the two naturesin Christ, the divine and the human. If both natures werepredicated in the abstract of Christ, he would be twobeings and not one. The two natures are, therefore, predicated ofChrist, not abstractly, but concretely, as they are concreted inone Person. And thus Christ is one.

2. Since oneness and being are reallythe same, the being of Christ is one. Human nature is not merelyadjoined to the divine Nature of the Son of God, but is united toit hypostatically. Nothing new comes to the divine Person by thisunion, no newness or otherness of being; what occurs is arelation according to which the eternal Person of the Son nowsubsists in two natures. And thus the being of Christ isone being.

"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"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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