Tuesday, September 17, 2013

...being rapt with the love of his beauty

God which moveth mere natural creatures as an efficient only, doth otherwise move intellectual creatures, and especially his holy angels:  for beholding the face of God, in admiration of so great excellency they all adore him; and being rapt with the love of his beauty, they cleave inseparably for ever unto him.  Desire to resemble him in goodness maketh them unweariable and even unsatiable in their longing to do by all means all manner good unto all the creatures of God, but especially unto the children of men:  in the countenance of whose nature, looking downward, they behold themselves beneath themselves; even as upward, in God, beneath whom themselves are, they see that character which is no where but in themselves and us resembled.
 Richard Hooker, The Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity, I.iv.1.

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