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THE FUNDAMENTALS

follow it; and in those who shun it, that it is lust, not reason, which makes them shun it.

Vere discipuli, vere Israëlita, vere liberi, vere cibus.[1]


565

Recognise, then, the truth of religion in the very obscurity of religion, in the little light we have of it, and in the indifference which we have to knowing it.


566

We understand nothing of the works of God, if we do not take as a principle that He has willed to blind some, and enlighten others.


567

The two contrary reasons. We must begin with that; without that we understand nothing, and all is heretical; and we must even add at the end of each truth that the opposite truth is to be remembered.


568

Objection. The Scripture is plainly full of matters not dictated by the Holy Spirit.—Answer. Then they do not harm faith.—Objection. But the Church has decided that all is of the Holy Spirit.—Answer. I answer two things: first, the Church has not so decided; secondly, if she should so decide, it could be maintained.

Do you think that the prophecies cited in the Gospel are related to make you believe? No, it is to keep you from believing.


569

Canonical.—The heretical books in the beginning of the Church serve to prove the canonical.


570

To the chapter on the Fundamentals must be added that on Typology touching the reason of types: why Jesus Christ

  1. In allusion to John, viii. 31; i. 47.; viii. 36; vi. 32.: "Verily disciples, verily an Israelite, verily children, verily food."