St. Anselm's Book of Meditations and Prayers, Tr. by M.R
by . Anselm
ISBN 021705806X (0-217-05806-X)
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Book summary: 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. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... § 105. The goodness of God, the creative Life J Rouse thyself now, O my soul; exert all thy powers, and think what that good is; how great and of what degree it is. For if all good things taken severally are delectable, think, O think, how delectable must be that good which includes all goods and the delightsomeness of all; a delightsomeness, not such as we have by experience known in created things, but as different from that as the Creator transcends the creature. For if created life be good, how good is the Life creative! If achieved salvation be a joyous thing, how joyous must that Salvation be by which all salvation was achieved! If wisdom in the observation of visible things be a worthy object of love, how loveable must that Wisdom be which created all things out of nothing! In short, if in all delectable things there are many and great delights, what and how great must be the delightsomeness of Him who created all delightsome things! And he who shall enjoy this good, what shall he have? rather, what shall he not have? Whatever he shall wish, he will have; and not wish, he shall not have. Ay, he shall have blessings of body and of soul such as ear hath not heard, eye hath not seen, and heart of man hath not conceived. Why, then, dost thou wander wide, poor child of earth, in thy search after goods for body and soul?. Love the One Good, in whom all good things are, and it is enough. For what, O my flesh, dost thou love? What dost Thou desire, O my soul? Whatever you love, whatever you desire, it is there. If beauty delights you, 'fulgebunt justi sicut sol' (St. Matt. xiii. 43)--the just shall shine as the sun. Or if fleetness, or strength, or suppleness of body, such as nothing may resist; 'erunt similes angelis Dei' (St. Luke...
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