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TEACHERS OF THE CLEAN MIND

from the Speech On Love, * Ch. 1.31, 1.95, 3.27, 3.79, 3.80, 3.93, 3.97, 4.61, 4.70.
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3.93 & 27

HE clean mind sometimes God himself comes into and teaches, sometimes the holy angelic powers suggest the right things, sometimes the vision of the nature of things. ... But to participate or not in His goodness and wisdom, depends to the will of the creatures who have reason.

3.79: Do not dishonor your conscience, perfectly instructing you always. Because she suggests you the divine and angelic opinion, she sets you free from the hidden infections of the heart and she gives you uprightness before God when you depart.

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3.93 & 27: Τὸν καθαρὸν νοῦν, ποτὲ μὲν αὐτὸς ὁ Θεὸς αὐτῷ ἐπιβαίνων διδάσκει, ποτὲ δὲ αἱ ἅγιαι δυνάμεις τὰ καλὰ ὑποτίθενται, ποτὲ δὲ ἡ φύσις τῶν πραγμάτων θεωρουμένη. ... Τὸ δὲ μετέχειν τῆς ἀγαθότητος αὐτοῦ καὶ τῆς σοφίας ἢ μὴ μετέχειν, ἐν τῇ βουλήσει τῶν λογικῶν ὑπάρχει.

3.79: Μὴ ἀτιμάσῃς τὴν συνείδησιν, ἄριστά σοι ἀεὶ συμβουλεύουσαν. Γνώμην γὰρ θείαν καὶ ἀγγελικήν σοι ὑποτίθεται καὶ τῶν κρυπτῶν τῆς καρδίας μολυσμάτων ἐλευθεροῖ καὶ παρρησίαν πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν ἐν τῇ ἐξόδῳ σοι χαρίζεται.

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