segunda-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2011

Second Creation

“After having lovingly soothed those great wraths and after having calmed those furious tempests with her gaze alone, the Church raised a monument from a ruin, an institution from a custom, a principle from an event, a law from an experience; to say it in a word, order from chaos, harmony from confusion. Undoubtedly, all the instruments used for Her creation, like chaos itself, were taken from that chaos; Hers was only the enlivening and creating force. In that chaos there was, in embryonic form, everything that would be born and live, the Church, bereft of everything, possessed the being and the life, everything came into being and everything came alive when the world lent an attentive ear to her loving words and fixed its gaze on her resplendent beauty.

“No, men had not seen anything like it because they had not seen the first creation, neither will they see it again for there will not be three creations. One might say that God, regretting that He had not made man a witness of the first, allowed His Church a second creation just so man could behold it. ” — Donoso Cortes

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