By Jean-Luc Marion
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Quae verba quaesiturus? Quantum conceptionem conclusit in uno “valde”? Cogita quantum Confessio or Reduction vis. Quando autem potest cogitari, qui capi non potest? “Laudabilis est valde; et magnitudinis ejus non finis. ” Et ideo dixit “Valde,” qui “magnitudinis non est finis”: ne uniqueness incipias velle laudare, et putes te laudando posse finire, cum magnitudo finem non potest habere. Noli ergo te putare eum, cujus magnitudinis finis non est, sufficienter posse laudare. “Great is the Lord, and eminently precious of compliment! ” what percentage [words] will it take to claim it? Which phrases will search him out? Which suggestion will seize him during this uncomplicated “eminently”? imagine it up to you will want. but if are you able to imagine what you can't snatch? “Eminently helpful of our compliment, and his greatness has no finish. ” It calls “eminently,” he whose “greatness has no end,” lest you now not start desirous to compliment since you imagine that you should end compliment, whereas his greatness could have no finish. don't think consequently that you've got the ability to compliment sufficiently he whose greatness has no finish. (Commentaries at the Psalms a hundred and forty four, five, PL 37, 1872) compliment speaks with a observe that predicates not anything of God, yet confesses him endlessly, simply because, confronted together with his infinity, it doesn't remonstrate with him. The originarily unequal posture of compliment is made specific and intelligible within the precept that justifies and also saves it: “fecisti nos advert te et inquietum est cor nostrum, donec requiescat in te” (you made us for, in view of, and towards your self, in any such manner that our middle is aware no leisure as long as it doesn't relaxation in you) (I, 1, 1, thirteen, 272). once more what launches the Confessiones will go back which will finish them: “id, quod tu put up opera tua ‘bona valde,’ quamvis ea quietus feceris, requievisti septimo die, hoc praeloquatur nobis vox libri tui quod et nos submit opera nostra ideo ‘bona valde,’ quia tu nobis ea donasti, sabato vitae aeternae requiescamus in te” (from the truth that you rested on the finish of your “eminently strong” works [even notwithstanding you probably did them whereas closing at rest], the voice of your e-book acknowledged to us upfront that we too, after our works, “eminently sturdy” [in that you simply gave them to us], may still leisure within the Sabbath of existence everlasting in you) (XIII, 36, fifty one, 14, 522). the complete of the Confessiones is therefore framed through the double utterance of a unmarried precept, one who lets competently say comes from physics yet is utilized to the non secular existence (and corrected by way of it): “Corpus pondere suo nititur advert locum suum. Pondus non advert ima tantum est, sed advert locum suum. Ignis sursum tendit, deorsum lapis” (A physique is driven through its weight towards its Confessio or aid position. This weight is not only borne downward towards the ground yet towards its [proper] place). Weight may also carry up towards the heights that whose right average position is increased. for instance, oil, even lined through water, will constantly upward push above it, and inversely, the water will consistently prove sinking under the oil.