(DP) - Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

DP 8

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8. From the preceding article it is evident that the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom, which in the Lord are one, and which proceed from the Lord as one, are in a certain manner imaged in everything created by Him. Something will now be said specifically about that oneness or union which is called the marriage of good and truth. That marriage is (1) in the Lord Himself; for, as has been said, the Divine Love and the Divine Wisdom are one in Him. (2) It is from the Lord; for in everything that proceeds from Him love and wisdom are perfectly united, these two proceeding from the Lord as the Sun, the Divine Love as heat, and the Divine Wisdom as light. (3) These are, indeed, received by the angels as two, but are united in them by the Lord; and the same takes place with men of the Church. (4) Because of the influx of love and wisdom from the Lord as one with the angels of heaven and men of the Church, and because of the reception of these by angels and men, the Lord is called in the Word Bridegroom and Husband, and heaven and the Church are called Bride and Wife. (5) So far, therefore, as heaven and the Church in general, and an angel of heaven and a man of the Church in particular, are in that union, that is, in the marriage of good and truth, they are an image and likeness of the Lord; because good and truth in the Lord are one, and, indeed, are the Lord. (6) Love and wisdom in heaven and in the Church in general, and in an angel of heaven and in a man of the Church, are one when the will and the understanding, and thus good and truth, make one; or, what is the same, when charity and faith make one; or, what is still the same, when doctrine from the Word and a life according to it make one. (7) Moreover, how these two make one in man and in all things pertaining to him has been shown in the treatise THE DIVINE LOVE AND WISDOM, part V, where the creation of man and especially the correspondence of the will and the understanding with the heart and the lungs are treated of (n. 358-432).


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