"With the point of his sword he traced seven P'supon my forehead, then said: 'Once you are inside,see that you wash away these wounds.'" 112 - 114
And he to me: 'Because you stillhave your mind fixed on earthly things,you harvest darkness from the light itself.'That infinite and ineffable Good,which dwells on high, speeds toward loveas a ray of sunlight to a shining body.-'It returns the love it finds in equal measure,so that, if more of ardor is extended,eternal Goodness will augment Its own.'And the more souls there are who love on high,the more there is to love, the more of loving,for like a mirror each returns it to the other. (Purg. XV. 64-75)
To a greater power and a better nature you, free,are subject, and these create the mind in youthe heavens have not in their charge.'Therefore, if the world around you goes astray,in you is the cause and in you let it be sought.In this I will now be your informant. (XVI. 79-84)
'From the hand of Him who looks on it with lovebefore it lives, comes forth, like a little girlwho weeps one moment and as quickly laughs,'the simple infant soul that has no knowledgebut, moved by a joyous maker,gladly turns to what delights it.'At first it tastes the savor of a trifling good.It is beguiled by that and follows in pursuitif guide or rein do not deflect its love. (XVI. 85-93)
'Neither Creator nor His creature, my dear son,was ever without love, whether naturalor of the mind,' he began, 'and this you know. (XVII. 91-93)
'The natural is always without error,but the other may err in its chosen goalor through excessive or deficient vigor. While it is directed to the primal good,knowing moderation in its lesser goals,it cannot be the cause of wrongful pleasure.'But when it bends to evil, or pursues the goodwith more or less concern than needed,then the creature works against his Maker. (XVII. 94-102)
Welcome back. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.