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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.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
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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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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