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"When it happens that men who are advancing towards spiritual perfection are partly illuminated (that is, only their mind is enlightened), then they see the glory of the Lord intelligibly as if in a mirror. This grace from above teaches them knowledge in a mystical way and confers a revelation of mysteries which lead them from the contemplation of beings to the knowledge of Him Who is beyond all beings."
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"As, for a man who loves life and his body, and is attached to lusts and the world, parting from these objects of his love is death; so for the lover of purity, of the incorporeal God and of virtue even a short separation of his heart from them is true death."