Thursday, March 29, 2012

God, Exemplary Cause of the Universe

Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira

The multiplicity and hierarchy of all created things manifest the marvelous order of the universe and reflect the infinite beauty of the divine Creator

“God, the uncreated and infinitely beautiful Being, is reflected in a thousand ways in all other beings that He created. Accordingly, there is not even one being which in one way or another fails to reflect the uncreated beauty of God.

But the beauty of God is revealed above all in the harmonious and hierarchical ensemble of all these beings, so that, in a certain sense, there is no better way of knowing God’s infinite and uncreated beauty than by

analyzing the finite and created beauty of the universe, considered not so much in each individual being but in the ensemble of all beings.”*


(*) Excerpt from a lecture by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira in São Paulo at a Conference of the Third Carmelite Order on 11-15-1958 and published in Mensageiro do Carmelo, special issue, 1959.

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