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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.

"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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