From faith, hope, and love, the virtues of religion referring to God, there arises a double act which bears on the spiritual communion exercised between God and us; the hearing of the word and prayer.
Hearing the word is the devout receiving of the will of God.
The attributes of God tell us what He is and who He is.
The efficiency of God may be understood as either creation or providence.
Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all longing by all believers.
Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.
An idea in man is first impressed upon him and afterwards expressed in things, but in God it is only expressed, not impressed, because it does not come from anywhere else.
The goodness of a thing created is the perfection of its fitness for the use which it serves. Now that use is either particular or universal.
The will of God is eternal because He does not begin to will what He did not will before, nor cease to will what He willed before.
Participation in the blessings of the union with Christ comes when the faithful have all the things needed to live well and blessedly to God.
Although the whole man partakes of this grace, it is first and most appropriately in the soul and later progresses to the body, inasmuch as the body of the man is capable of the same obedience to the will of God as the soul.
In contentment and joy are found the height and perfection of all love towards our neighbor.
Sanctification is the real change in man from the sordidness of sin to the purity of God's image.
The starting point of sanctification is the filthiness, corruption, or stain of sin.
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