Summa Theologica – QUESTION 75 OF MAN WHO IS COMPOSED OF A SPIRITUAL AND A CORPOREAL SUBSTANCE: AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, CONCERNING WHAT BELONGS TO THE ESSENCE OF THE SOUL (In Seven Articles)

QUESTION 75 OF MAN WHO IS COMPOSED OF A SPIRITUAL AND A CORPOREAL SUBSTANCE: AND IN THE FIRST PLACE, CONCERNING WHAT BELONGS TO THE ESSENCE OF THE SOUL (In Seven Articles) Having treated of the spiritual and of the corporeal creature, we now proceed to treat of man, who is composed of a spiritual and corporeal […]

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Wherein is expounded the third stanza Book 2 Chapter 25

CHAPTER XXV Wherein is expounded the third stanza. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me, Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart. EXPOSITION THE soul still continues the metaphor and similitude of temporal night in describing this its spiritual night, and continues to sing and […]

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Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding place Book 2 Chapter 23

CHAPTER XXIII Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding place wherein the soul is set during this night. Shows how, although the devil has an entrance into other places that are very high, he has none into this. ‘IN concealment’ is as much as to say ‘in a hiding-place,’ or ‘in hiding’; and thus, […]

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Which explains the word ‘disguised,’ and describes the colours Book 2 Chapter 21

CHAPTER XXI Which explains the word ‘disguised,’ and describes the colours of the disguise of the soul in this night. Now that we have explained the reasons why the soul called this contemplation a ’secret ladder,’ it remains for us to explain likewise the word ‘disguised,’ and the reason why the soul says also that […]

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Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love Book 2 Chapter 19

CHAPTER XIX Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas. The first five are here treated. WE observe, then, that the steps of this ladder of love by which the soul mounts, one by one, to God, are ten. The first step of love […]

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Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder Book 2 Chapter 18

Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder. IT now remains to consider the second point—namely, how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder. With respect to this it must be known that we can call this secret contemplation a ladder for many reasons. In the first place, because, just as men mount by […]

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Explains how this dark contemplation is secret Book 2 Chapter 17

Explains how this dark contemplation is secret. THREE things have to be expounded with reference to three words contained in this present line. Two (namely, ’secret’ and ‘ladder’) belong to the dark night of contemplation of which we are treating; the third (namely, ‘disguised’) belongs to the soul by reason of the manner wherein it […]

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Explains how, though in darkness, the soul walks securely Book 2 Chapter 16

CHAPTER XVI Explains how, though in darkness, the soul walks securely. THE darkness which the soul here describes relates, as we have said, to the desires and faculties, sensual, interior and spiritual, for all these are darkened in this night as to their natural light, so that, being purged in this respect, they may be […]

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Of other delectable effects which are wrought in the soul Book 2 Chapter 13

CHAPTER XIII Of other delectable effects which are wrought in the soul by this dark night of contemplation. THIS type of enkindling will explain to us certain of the delectable effects which this dark night of contemplation works in the soul. For at certain times, as we have just said, the soul becomes enlightened in […]

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