Lights of the world.

Light has the indeterminite, general meaning of that which makes something known. A light of the world, then, makes the world known. The first light of the world is animals, for through animals the universe knows itself according to its appearence; i.e. exteriorily. Man is the second light of the world, for he makes the inner nature of things known, and he even makes the creator known, but only as a term or cause of the natural world, and in this sense he is only known exteriorily. Christ is the final light of the world, for through him the inner life of God is known to the world. Just as sense knowledge stands to intellectual knowledge of God, so too does intellectual knowledge stand to th eknowledge granted through revelation. In the fullness of human intellect according to human power, God is known as unknown and as a negation of creatures; in the fullness of human intellect according to the divine aid, God is known in his interior life.

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