The Religious State, According to the Doctrine of St. Thomas [Aquinas]. Transl

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: the spirit of regular life. The first is purity, which effaces the sins and stains of the soul, and leaves it resplendent with the likeness of its Creator and Saviour. This is so clear, that the human language readily finds words to explain this necessity. Indeed the Greeks designate that which is holy, by an expression which in itself marks separation from the earth, and s which consequently signifies purityTM The Latin word sanctity recalls the same idea, being derived from the word blood, because in the old dispensation one was purified by the blood of victims.11 For if we would be consecrated to God, it is indispensable to begin by being pure, by detaching oneself from earthly things, and by washing our robes in the blood of the Lamb, who was slain for the sins of the world. The impure soul has certainly fallen into the mire of corruptible things, for it is thereby that she has soiled herself, as everything that is superior lowers and stains itself by the contact with inferior objects, as silver, says the sublime Doctor is debased by its being alloyed with lead. Now if you are bound down to the material world, how can you pretend to unite yourself to that which is spiritual, or higher still, to Him who is above all things visible and invisible? The impure soul is delivered over to creatures, it is sold to sin. How then can this miserable slave of the devil at the same time wholly belong to God? Let it rise from this earthly mire, let it implore freedom in virtue of the Blood of its Redeemer, in a word, it must be purified! 10 It is the word agios (holy) which is used in the Roman liturgy on Good Friday. 11 Etymologies: the word Holy. But where can this purification, so necessary to every consecration, be more perfectly found more

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