Posted by on 19 January 2016

His nature

1 - God is ineffable: we can more easily say what He is not than what He is (en. Ps. 85, 12)

2 - If you cannot understand what God is, at least understand what He is not. You are already on the right track if you don’t think something wrong about God (Io. ev. tr. 23, 9)

3 - You cannot know what God is, unless you have already learned what He is not (s. suppl. 25, 10)

4 - An indistinguishable thing has been shown in a distinguishable way (Res indiscreta discrete monstrata est) (s. 308/A, 5)

5 - I am unlearnedly learned (imperite peritus) (doctr. chr. 4, 7, 11)

6 - Our knowledge of God is a learned ignorance (ep. 130, 15, 28)

7 - If you have understood what you want to say, it is not God; if you’ve been able to grasp it, you’ve grasped something else instead of God. If you have understood, God is not like this; but if He is like this, you have not understood (s. 52, 6, 16)

8 - The words by which you express the ineffable divine excellence are unworthy of God’s greatness, whose wisdom, before descending to the level of the human body, has descended to the level of human language; it is, on the contrary, with a divine silence that it must be understood, so that it may divinize human beings. People can give a rational explanation about the reason why it is said like this, but nothing can be worthily said of God; it is even unworthy to have said it (c. Adim. 13, 2)

9 - God, by revealing Himself to Moses from the burning bush, defined Himself: ‘I am who I am’. Inasmuch as He is the highest essence, that is, in the degree of infinite perfection, and therefore He does not become, He has given the being to things, but He has not given them the being in its highest degree, as He is. He gave to some of them more of being, to others less; so He ordered the essences in various degrees. Except what is not, no being exists contrary to the Being who is at the highest degree; therefore no essence contrary to God exists (civ. 12, 2)

10 - God has never begun to be, nor got bored with His loneliness. He has always been and does not become indolent through rest or tired through work. He has indeed the power to remain in Himself in the happiest way, since He Himself is His dwelling (c. adv. leg. 1, 2, 2)

11 - God, therefore, has never had a beginning and will never have an end (c. adv. leg. 1, 2, 3)

12 - In God all the attributes, that is, the essential qualities, are just an identical reality (s. 341, 6, 8)

13 - God is the highest essence, therefore He makes all things exist (vera rel. 11, 22)

14 - God, since He is by nature, depends on Himself (vera rel. 14, 28)

15 - God is the Absolute because He always remains Himself: the Being in the highest degree and eternal, independent of everything, stable and immutable (en. Ps. 121, 5)


1 - God let Himself be called God (doctr. chr. 1, 6, 6)

2 - Man, without God, is really nothing: nihil est homo (s. 361, 5, 5)

3 - Accept God as He is, not as you wish He might be. Love Him as He is. He does not love you as you are, but hates you in order to make you as you are not yet (s. 9, 9)

4 - Man, if he wants to be something, must turn to the One by whom he has been created (en. Ps. 70, s. 2, 6)

5 - Two things have been proposed to man’s consideration: to know God and to know himself. God, so that he may trust in Him; himself, so that he may not trust in himself. Nothing is dearer to God than God’s image (s. 20/A, 2)

6 - Your God is everywhere: if you don’t get far from Him, He will never disappear to you (Io. ev. tr. 34, 6)

7 - God is silent, but God’s works speak (s. 313/D, 2)

8 - Why does not man see God? Because he obstinately wants to be man. May he start to let oneself be cured and from man may he become son of God (s. suppl. 25, 15)

9 - You worship the God who makes you too gods; the others worship gods made by themselves. Whoever worships them loses the opportunity to become a god, insofar as, by making false gods, alienates himself from the true one (s. suppl. 6, 3)

10 - Every man is a sinner and a mortal being; God, on the contrary, is just and immortal (s. suppl. 26, 39)

11 - God is the good. There is no good for those who forsake Him (nat. b.)

12 - The good that makes good whatever is good is God (s. 61, 3, 3)

13 - The supreme good cannot be but God: by following Him we live well; by possessing Him we live not only well, but also happily (mor. 1, 6, 10)

14 - God, by being the cause of the existence of everything exists, cannot be at the same time also the cause of their non-existence, that is, of their departing from the being and tending towards the non-being. This is evil in its widest meaning (mor. 2, 2, 3)

15 - God loves sinners. He loves what He wants to realize, He does not love what He wants to eliminate (s. 335/I, 5)

16 - The true divine predictions are the work of the only God; the true sacrifice must be offered to the one true God (s. suppl. 23, 16)

17 - She had much because she had God in her heart (s. 107/A, 7)

18 - We need God’s goods, not God our goods (s. suppl. 22, 19)

19 - We remain in Him out of extreme need, He remains in us out of mercy (s. 134, 1, 1)

20 - God is with us in predestining us, in calling us, in justifying us, in glorifying us. If God is with us, who can be against us? (s. 158, 1)

21 - ‘God’s right hand’ stands for ineffable, inestimable, incomprehensible blessedness and completeness (s. 213, 5)

22 - May God renew you; may God keep you and guard you; may God lead you to the one who is eternal life. Amen

23 - God is humble in His greatness, man is humble in his weakness (s. 380, 7)

24 - God is full, you are puffed up (s. suppl. 9, 6)

25 - God is jealous without envy, gets angry without changing, has compassion without experiencing sorrow, regrets without repenting of any wrongdoing, is patient without suffering (pat. 1, 1)

26 - What is better than this good, or happier than this happiness: to live for God and of God, in whom is the source of life and at whose light we see light? (spir. et litt.22, 37)

27 - God will be all in all when we shall start to want nothing except Him. He will indeed be everything for us when we shall need nothing, since He will satisfy us (c. s. arian. 37,34)

28 - When God will be all in all, He will replace everything we need (s. 334, 3)