(DP) - Angelic Wisdom about Divine Providence

DP 42

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42. V. THE MORE NEARLY A MAN IS CONJOINED TO THE LORD THE MORE DISTINCTLY DOES HE APPEAR TO HIMSELF TO BE MASTER OF HIMSELF [suus], AND YET THE MORE EVIDENTLY DOES HE RECOGNISE THAT HE IS THE LORD'S. There is an appearance that the more nearly anyone is conjoined to the Lord the less he is master of himself. This is the appearance with all the wicked, and also with those who from their religion believe that they are not under the yoke of the law, and that no one can do good from himself. For all such are only able to see that not to be allowed to think and to will evil, but only good, is not to be master of oneself; and as those who are conjoined to the Lord are neither willing nor able to think and to will evil, they conclude from what is an appearance to them that this is not to be master of oneself; when nevertheless this is quite contrary to the truth.


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