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Meditations on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ

in Meditations on the Incarnation, Passion, and Death of Jesus Christ

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226864877
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226864907 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226864907.003.0005
Meditations on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ

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A description on the meditations on the incarnation of Jesus Christ is provided. Only in the first meditation on the eternal divinity of Christ do the testimonies and pronouncements of the Church Fathers and First Church are used. Catharina Regina von Greiffenberg opens the twelve meditations by contemplating the divinity of Christ. To speak of Christ's divinity, she must also ponder the nature of the trinity, that is, of the hypostatic union of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is noted that variation and darkness are necessary for all beautiful things to acquire perfection. Humility is always a companion of gifts of grace and a precursor of sublimity and bliss. It learns from the Most High, who took on substance from substantial insignificance and put it in the company of His divinity. Fear of the Lord is the proper way to worship God.

Keywords: meditations; incarnation; Jesus Christ; eternal divinity; Church Fathers; First Church; humility

Chapter.  63630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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