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23. The Adoption of Sons

1. Inasmuch as God, in his infinite goodness, permits mento inherit heaven, he is said to adopt them as children orsons.

2. It is the whole Trinity, not the Father alone, thatadopts us as children. We often use the term Father in anessential and not a personal sense when we apply it to God; thatis, we use the term Father for the "Tri-une" God, not forthe First Person of the Trinity. We do this, for example, when wesay the Our Father, in which we address God in unity, andnot the Father as distinct from the Son and the Holy Ghost. TheTriune God is the Father of us all, and adopts us as brethren ofChrist for the inheritance of heaven.

3. Only rational creatures (that is, men and angels) canbe adopted as children of God.

4. Our Lord himself is not an adopted child or son of God;he is the true Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity,eternally begotten of the Father.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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