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On Cleaving To God
Chapter 3

What the perfection of man consist of in this life

   Now the more the mind is concerned about thinking and dealing with what
   is merely lower and human, the more it is separated from the experience
   in the intimacy of devotion of what is higher and heavenly, while the
   more fervently the memory, desire and intellect is withdrawn from what
   is below to what is above, the more perfect will be our prayer, and the
   purer our contemplation, since the two directions of our interest
   cannot both be perfect at the same time, being as different as light
   and darkness. He who cleaves to God is indeed translated into the
   light, while he who clings to the world is in the dark. So the supreme
   perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his
   soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord
   God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except
   God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his
   desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the
   enjoyment of his Maker alone. Now the image of God as found in the soul
   consists of these three faculties, namely reason, memory and will, and
   so long as they are not completely stamped with God, the soul is not
   yet deiform in accordance with the initial creation of the soul. For
   the true pattern of the soul is God, with whom it must be imprinted,
   like wax with a seal, and carry the mark of his impress. But this can
   never be complete until the intellect is perfectly illuminated,
   according to its capacity, with the knowledge of God, who is perfect
   truth, until the will is perfectly focused on the love of the perfect
   good, and until the memory is fully absorbed in turning to and enjoying
   eternal happiness, and in gladly and contentedly resting in it. And
   since the glory of the beatitude which is achieved in our heavenly
   homeland consists in the complete fulfilment of these three faculties,
   it follows that perfect initiation of them is perfection in this life.
     







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