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    Concerning the Dictations of Christ


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    Concerning the Dictations of Christ

    Post by Poem on Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:29 pm

    Page 324
    January 28, 1947

    --Now this is very long chapter wherein Jesus is directing His words to the clergy at the Vatican.

    Notice the dates, and the whole chapter is not typed out on this post but a few paragraphs for your benefit. Covers 20 Pages of the Notebook of 1945-50 and is all typed out now in that Forum. Chapter Called: "Christ Replies to Textual Criticism"--

    Concerning the dictations on August 24, 29, and 30 and September 2, 1944. In the pre-Gospel.

    Jesus says:

    "Given the obstinate response of some to these luminous points in my teaching--which ought to open up many horizons for you and help your souls and the souls administered by you to tend towards this rejoicing, which is the recollection, knowledge and recognition of what God is, and enjoy a little bit of Heaven on earth and receive therefrom great assistance for progressing in perfection--let us deal with the topic as if we were facing stubborn children with whom one must never grow tired of teaching, and with arguments which cannot be rejected.

    "What is man? The Catechism states, 'A creature endowed with reason composed of soul and body.'

    "What is the soul? The Catechism states, 'The noblest part of man because it is a spiritual substance endowed with intellect and will, capable of knowing God and possessing Him eternally.'

    "Who created man? The Catechism states, 'God created him.'

    "Why did He create him? The Catechism states, 'So that man may know, love, and serve Him in this life and enjoy Him in the other forever.'

    "How did He create him? Genesis 2:7 states, 'And the Lord formed man form the mud of the earth and breathed the breath of life into life, and man became a living creature.' And Genesis 1:27 states, 'God created man in his image.' The Catechism confirms, 'Man was created in the image and likeness of God.'

    "And how? Perhaps in his face? In the shape of his body? God does not have a body or a face. To become man I had to take on your shape, for I had no bodily shape of my own. God is most perfect Spirit--simple, eternal, with no beginning or end. The Catechism thus teaches that 'man is said to have been created in the image and likeness of God, for the human soul is spiritual and endowed with reason, free in its working, capable of knowing and loving God and of enjoying Him eternally--perfections which in man reflect a ray of the infinite greatness of the Lord.'

    "A ray of the infinite greatness of the Lord. A great truth, since We, as Triune, know Ourselves and enjoy Ourselves with the fullness of joy, generating Ourselves through this joyful love, which is knowledge of our most perfect Perfection. And We wanted you to have Us as an example to create in you the divinized creature that is man, as, a 'son of God.' For this reason we placed Love in you, which is our Essence, and we proposed Love as the goal of Perfection in order for you to come to be with Us without end, just as you were in Us before Creation existed, when We contemplated you, before you emerged from nothingness, so as to be, according to our will, the creature in whom God, who divinely conceived this creature for His glory, is reflected. Now, in God there can be nothing except what pertains to God. Man thus belongs to God and in full justice must want to reach and possess Him after having striven to love Him and know Him.

    "Blessed are those who are able to ascend to the summit of blessedness, which is union with God--that is, knowledge of God, fusion with Love, contemplation of the Trinity, which is One, of the Fire that does not consume, but recreates and supercreates, making the human creature what he was conceived to be by Love: a god who is the son of God. The Father has truly placed the seal of His paternity in his son: the capacity to know and love God, in both this life and the next.

    "God, then, created man as composed of two substances, one called the body--initially created with mud and subsequently procreated with the flesh and blood of man--and one called the soul, which, uniquely created in each case, only once and for one flesh, descends to unite itself to the flesh forming in a woman. Without the soul man would be an animal creature guided by instinct and natural gifts. Without the body man would be a spiritual creature with the supernatural gifts of intelligence, will, and grace, like the angels.

    "In addition to existence, what had God given to the masterwork of creation, represented by man, in whom the two creatures, animal and spiritual, are joined? Gratuitous gifts which theologians divide into: natural, preternatural, and supernatural.

    "Natural: a healthy, beautiful body, with five perfect senses and a rational soul endowed with intelligence, will, and freedom.

    "Preternatural: integrity--that is, the perfect subject of sense, free from incitements of every kind, to reason; the immortality of the body, which would not have experienced the horror of death; immunity from all pain; and knowledge in keeping with his state as a chosen creature and thus great knowledge, which his perfect intellect assimilated without effort.

    "Supernatural: the beatific vision of God, the Grace making man a son of God, and the destiny of enjoying God eternally.

    "Man, then, by virtue of both his origin and the gifts received, could truly call himself, a 'son of God' and know Him as a son knows his father.

    "What is Grace? The Catechism states, ' Grace is a supernatural gift which illuminates the mind and moves and comforts the will so man will do good and refrain from evil.' But it is love, above all. God's Love for his favorite creature, who is man, a love elevating the creature to the nature of the Creator through deification, in such a fashion that the words of Wisdom are fitting: 'You are gods and sons of the Most High.' (Psalm 82:6, John 34:10) It is moreover, a means of salvation, since man needs means of salvation, having remained weak through the consequences of sin. Indescribably active, when it does not encounter impediments or inertia in you in regard to the works it seeks to carry out in you, it sanctifies the creature and the creature's actions and has three lesser branches emerging from its sublime trunk which are called: actual, sufficient, and efficacious grace. But it is a single Grace: a transforming principle, a divine quality inherent in the soul, like light whose splendor, enveloping and penetrating souls, cancels out their stains from sin and communicates a radiant beauty to them.

    "This is taught by the Church in the conclusions of the Councils of Trent. And I, the Teacher of teachers, contemplating Grace for what it is, in the eternal is of God, say that Grace is a principle transforming the creature into a son of God, a divine quality which is thus similar to the Light from which it comes, whose splendor, enveloping and penetrating souls-whether it is a gift given (as it was to Adam) or a gift given back (as with the Catholic Christians restored to Grace through the merits of My Sacrifice and the Sacrament instituted by Me)--communicates to them not only a radiant beauty, but the capacity to see and know God, just as the First Man knew Him by seeing and comprehending Him with his spirit filled with innocence and Grace.

    "Grace, then, means restoring man to the capacity to love and know God, Grace, then, is a light to see what is Immense Darkness for man's thought, but Infinite Light for the spirit in grace. It is, then, a voice and a very wise voice; sight, most luminous sight to contemplate God; a gift given to assist the soul's desire to know God; a means to remember the Origin just as the Origin wishes to be remembered; and an instrument for the deification of the creature. And the more creatures, through their own will and through the justice attained by way of a loving will, grow in Grace, the more what is union with the Divine will grow in them, along with wisdom, which is one of the divine attributes, and, with wisdom, the capacity to comprehend, know, and love Truth and truths. For Grace is the Spirit of God, who enters into man with all his gifts, transforming, elevating, and sanctifying man's faculties and actions. And, among these, the first one and the main one is love. The action through which you were created.

    "To love is to know. Only those known are loved. The more one knows, the more one loves.

    Peace be with you always

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