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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.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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