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Harmony of Goodness

Harmony of Goodness

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THE HARMONY OFTHE HARMONY OFGOODNESSGOODNESS
BEAUTY AND CREATIVEBEAUTY AND CREATIVEPRESENCEPRESENCE
 
MutualityMutuality
 The Tensions:Understanding Creation—Many IndividualsUnderstanding Individuals: Isolated or Related?Understanding Life scarcity or abundance?Understanding God generous or demanding?
 
Trinitarian lifeTrinitarian life
Behold how the fullness of divine goodness and the fullness of Behold how the fullness of divine goodness and the fullness of happiness and glory come together in one witness to truth. Theyhappiness and glory come together in one witness to truth. Theyclearly demonstrate what ought to be thought concerning theclearly demonstrate what ought to be thought concerning thefullness of divine charity in that plurality of persons. Togethefullness of divine charity in that plurality of persons. Together,r,they condemn suspicion of any defect in that supreme love; inthey condemn suspicion of any defect in that supreme love; inaccord they proclaim the fullness of all perfection. In order foaccord they proclaim the fullness of all perfection. In order focharity to be true, it demands a plurality of persons; in order charity to be true, it demands a plurality of persons; in order for for charity to be perfected, it requires a Trinity of persons.charity to be perfected, it requires a Trinity of persons.
Richard of St. Victor,Richard of St. Victor,
On the TrinityOn the Trinity
IIIIII
 
 
 —Manifestation: extend the life of the Trinity —Creation —Incarnation —Beatitude
Divine desire:Divine desire:Trinitarian communionTrinitarian communion
 
Divine desireDivine desire
Divine desire and the IncarnationDivine desire and the Incarnation
 Now the human nature in Christ was Now the human nature in Christ was predestined to be glorified, and in order to be predestined to be glorified, and in order to be glorified, it was predestined to be united to the glorified, it was predestined to be united to theWord, in as much as such glory as it wasWord, in as much as such glory as it was granted would never have been conferred on this granted would never have been conferred on thisnature had it not been so united.nature had it not been so united.
 –  – 
ScotusScotus , ,OrdinatioOrdinatio III, d. 7, q. 3 III, d. 7, q. 3
 
IS THIS BASED ON THE FALL?IS THIS BASED ON THE FALL?
 No! God No! Godss
intentionintention
in creating is prior to anyin creating is prior to anysinsin
The Incarnation is independent of original sin.The Incarnation is independent of original sin.
Divine love isDivine love is
debtor debtor 
to no one.to no one.
Divine love does notDivine love does not
rejoice at the misfortune of rejoice at the misfortune of another.another.
(nor should we!)(nor should we!)
 
 
Consider the goodnessConsider the goodness
GodGods goal in creating the world was to prepare for thes goal in creating the world was to prepare for theIncarnation. The end of his plan was the beginning, and divineIncarnation. The end of his plan was the beginning, and divineWisdom saw from all eternity that the Word would become flesh,Wisdom saw from all eternity that the Word would become flesh,taking on our nature and coming to live among us. All this wastaking on our nature and coming to live among us. All this was preordained before the creation of Lucifer and the world; before preordained before the creation of Lucifer and the world; beforethe fall of our first parents.the fall of our first parents.
 –  – St. Francis de Sales, Homily for Christmas, 1622St. Francis de Sales, Homily for Christmas, 1622
 
How we areHow we are
imago Deiimago Dei
Divine attributes:Divine attributes:
God as creator God as creator 
God as author God as author 
God as generousGod as generous
God as mercifulGod as merciful
Human characteristics:Human characteristics:
Recognizing beautyRecognizing beauty
Finding meaningFinding meaning
GratitudeGratitude
Charity/forgivenessCharity/forgiveness
 
EACH MOMENT OPENS TO AEACH MOMENT OPENS TO ASACRAMENTAL PRESENCESACRAMENTAL PRESENCE
EXPERIENCE OF THE HOLYEXPERIENCE OF THE HOLY
AN EPIPHANY OF BEAUTYAN EPIPHANY OF BEAUTY
GODGODS ACTIVE ABUNDANT PRESENCES ACTIVE ABUNDANT PRESENCE NOW NOW
 

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