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‘For from the greatness and the beauty of created things
their original author, by analogy, is seen.’
Imagine this. A woodcutter with some skill cuts down a pliable shrub. He carefully strips the outside covering of the plant and then, because he has some skill, shapes it into a tool for daily use. Afterward he picks up the leftover bark that he had stripped away and uses it to cook a meal for himself. He eats his fill and then picks up one of the leftover pieces of wood, one that wasn’t good for anything, a crooked hard piece with broken ends where the branches had been. Having nothing else to do, he takes this piece of wood and starts carving.
By a process of trial and error, he’s finally able to give it a human shape, or he fashions it into something that vaguely resembles some miserable creature. He covers it with red paint, giving it a rosy hue where the creature’s flesh is supposed to be. He covers over every flaw in the wood. Finally, he makes a perfect little shrine for it and fastens the shrine securely to the wall with a nail so that it doesn’t fall down. He knows full well that it can’t do anything for itself. After all, it’s only an image, and it requires help.
In time he begins to pray to it: for his possessions, for his marriage, for his children. He’s not ashamed to talk to this lifeless object. In fact, he begins to ask this fragile little creation to provide him with good health. He begins to pray for his life to this lifeless object. He cries out for help to this thing that has no experience at all. He prays about a journey to a thing that can’t even take a single step. He asks it for wealth, for profit in his work, and for success in all he sets his hands to do—all this from something whose hands are powerless to do anything.
‘I oversee that the GREAT WORKER may have hidden, from the very beginning, in the machinery of our World, some pieces and some springs, that are only to be in-use when certain corresponding circumstances would be met. I recognize that it would be possible, that those who ban miracles from the sphere of the laws of nature, would be like someone, ignorant of the art of mechanics, not being able to guess the reason for certain parts of a beautiful machinery, and who would need to explain them by invoking a certain kind of magic or some supernatural means.’
‘There is on Earth amongst the human race, almost infinite diversity of gifts, talents, knowledge, affinities, etc…The ladder of Humanity rises in a series of rungs from the rough human being to the conscious human being. This progression will continue, without doubt, in the after life and will retain the same essential relations: That is, that the progress that we would have achieved down here in knowledge and in virtue, will determine the point from which we will start in the after life and the place (position) we will be entrusted with. This is such a powerful invitation for us to grow ceaselessly our knowledge and our virtue !
Every moments of our individual life are intrinsically linked one another. We do not move from a state to another without a sufficient reason. There is no actual fake. The following state has always its sufficient reason in the state that immediately preceded. Death is not a gap in this chain: It is the link that ties both lives or parts of the chain. The judgement that the SOVEREIGN JUGE will make of us, will have its ground in the intellectual and moral degree of perfection that we will have acquired on Earth, or, it is the same, in the use we do of our faculties and talents that were entrusted to us. ‘ To he who was given a lot, a lot shall be asked. And it will be given to who has’. (Matthew 25, 14-30) What is is: The DIVINE WILL doesn’t change the nature of things and in the plan It is developing, vice cannot gain virtue’s benefits. Therefore it proceeds from these Principles, that reason forms to itself, that the degree of perfection acquired will determine in the after-life the degree of happiness or glory each individual will taste.
Revelation sanctions again these very philosophical principles. It expressively establish this ladder of happiness or of glory, that Philosophy tirelessly contemplates. There are celestial beings and terrestrial beings; but there is differences between the brightness of the celestial beings and the earthly beings. Different is the brightness of the sun, of the moon, of the stars. The brightness of a star is also different from another star. It will be the same when we shall all resurrect. God will reward everyone according to their personal deeds. The degrees of the happiness to come will be as varied as would have been the degrees of Virtue in the former life on Earth; and how dissimilar the degrees of Virtue are here ! How much the Virtue of an individual can grow through new efforts or recurrent and constant deeds ! Virtue is a habit: The habit of Good.
There will be then a perpetual stream of all the individuals Humanity is comprised of towards a greater perfection, a greater happiness; because an acquired degree of perfection leads by itself to another degree. And also because the distance between the created to the un-created, from the finite and the infinite is endless, they will tend continuously towards the supreme perfection without ever reaching it.’
Meditation 1: Wisdom 13:5 : New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) + Common English Bible (CEB)
Meditation 2: Charles Bonnet, ‘ La palingenesie philosophique’. Second tome, page 189-90. Geneve, 1770.
Meditation 3: Charles Bonnet, ‘ La palingenesie philosophique’. Second tome, Page 443 to 446. Geneve, 1770.