What Is Man? [From Valtorta's Notes]

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john_doe

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[Sept. 2, 1944]4
[JESUS]:
Man's Animal and Spiritual Nature
What is man? He is the creature whom God wanted to be formed from an animal flesh and a spiritual soul. Thus he has in himself an animal nature and a spiritual nature.
The part that has the animal nature is made to the physical image and likeness of the first created [man], who is also the first father of men.
The part that has the spiritual nature is made to the image and likeness of his Uncreated Creator, Who is the Purest Spirit of infinite perfections: of infinite Beauty, Wisdom, Goodness, Will, Power, Charity, Liberty, and Eternity. The soul is beautiful, as are all things that come forth from the creative Thought of God. Then when Grace is in the soul, she is more beautiful than all the beauty of creation, more than the stars and planets. She is beautiful, rich with divine gifts, luminous with supernatural intelligence, on fire with supernatural love, moved by a supernatural will. And, like God, she is spiritual, immortal, free.
Man, a rational creature, spontaneously loves his father and mother who have given him life. If he has lost them, he remembers them and hopes in the future life that will reunite him to them. If he does not remember their features because he was orphaned too soon, he seeks their likeness in himself to give him a vision, even if confused, of what they were, gathering as much news about them as he can in order to know them at least a little.
Man, a creature not only rational but also spiritual, loves his Most Holy Father Who has given him the life of his soul and a likeness to Himself. To this distant Father Whose Essence is incomprehensible Mystery, man directs the light of his intellect and the throbbing of his heart, and desires to know Him. He hopes and invokes His divine help so that this Father may aid man to know Him and love Him. Nor does God disappoint him, because God Himself wants this, and for this reason He has formed man with infinite wisdom: to love Him and serve Him in this, man's [earthly] day, in order afterward to enjoy God in eternity, in Heaven, fashioned for the joy of His faithful children—unless man does not want to do so from a spirit of obstinate injustice and to cause pain, and thus denies at the same time the words of inspired writers defined by the Church as saints.
God created and disposed all things with measure, number and weight—as Wisdom says [Wis 11:20]—so that each thing could accomplish that work and thus reach that end for which it was made, with no disorder caused by any creative imperfection and in harmonious union with other creatures. Therefore one cannot assume that God created only man imperfect and without the extraordinary helps capable of making him live in the manner established by his Creator: that is, as a rational creature predestined to Grace and hence to Glory, if, by remaining in grace, he has merited to be welcomed into the Father's House as a son and heir.
 

Purr_27

Village Elder
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@john_doe you also read Maria Valtorta 's poem :):), true man has a spiritual side and a human(physical)...bt due to human
weakness the physical side to be a bit overpowering
 

montecarlo

Village Elder
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@john_doe you also read Maria Valtorta 's poem :):), true man has a spiritual side and a human(physical)...bt due to human
weakness the physical side to be a bit overpowering
True.....Plato once said that when rational and passions are balanced there you have a philosopher but when passions supersede the rational you have a beast.
 

Davidee

Village Elder
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This is just a poem...somebody playing with words.i see nothing there that i can term as revelatory or enlightening.
 
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