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That "logion" is to me the most beautiful utterance of St. Thomas' whole life as a preacher, a master in theology, a spiritual man, a saint. Oh, the humor of God! It would have been an amazing thing on the lips of St. Francis of Assisi or of St. Bernard who had gone through such a mystical experience, but how much more amazing that it should have been said by St. Thomas Aquinas, the "Ox of Sicily," the eminent professor at Paris, the Doctor of the Church of his time and of all times, the pillar of Catholic scholastic theology!

13 What was the common understanding of the Fathers when they used the word nature (fusiV)? The characterization of nature and grace as opposites in the Imitation of Christ14 (where nature is depicted as being corrupt and tending always to vice, while grace is the elevating, Page 22 infused force that allows the spiritual man to do good) would never have come from the pen of an Eastern Father. The starting point of such Fathers was different and found in Holy Scripture. Fundamentally, nature for the Fathers is the opus Dei as it comes from the hands of God.

Gregory of Nazianzus and St. Gregory of Nyssa, developed an apophatic theology as a necessary corrective. This is not merely the via negationis of St. Thomas Aquinas who, with the Cappadocians and all other true Christian theologians down through the centuries, insists on a negative theology to correct the affirmative theology in the manner of attributing perfections to God. Such a method is necessary to correct the modus significandi, the manner of speaking in human concepts which never can exhaust the infinite perfections found in God.

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