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#12114798 Feb 28, 2016 at 05:21 PM · Edited 2 years ago
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THE NORTHSHIRE CATECHISM
By Dom Michael Nicolls, O.S.C.
The Right Reverend Abbot of Northshire


INTRODUCTION
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#12114895 Feb 28, 2016 at 05:49 PM · Edited 2 years ago
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PART I: ON THE IDENTITY AND NATURE OF THE MOST HOLY LIGHT
CHAPTER 1 - What is the Most Holy Light?
1. In ancient times, our fathers in the faith were, through the gracious providence of the Divine, granted knowledge of the Light and its magnificent power. Such knowledge filled them with awe and reverential fear such that they quickly turned to worship the Light--for there was no power on Azeroth which could compare with its effulgent glory. It seemed to our fathers that the Light, since it was capable of such feats such that it could heal any ailment, raise the dead, and vivify the world with its rays, must surely be greater than the pagan gods their forebears adored. Thus, in due course, our fathers established that the Light was not simply a power, but the "God". They hymned the Light with the ancient text, "Deo Gratias".

2. For many years, even far beyond the foundation of the Church, priests spread the wisdom of the Light to every corner of the world and all peoples sang of the glory of the Light. One such priest, a monk of Northshire, was filled with such heavenly inspiration that he began to question the true identity of the god he served. These musings brought him to declare, "There are things which must be said of the gods that cannot be said of the Holy Light." This priest, Quomas Athinas, discovered that the Light empowered its servants not from without, but from within their conscience where only the good may be found. Indeed, all gods are subject to good and evil, but the Light inspired its followers to seek only the Good, for the Light was not simply good but was Goodness itself. He says, "Behold, the gods have peers, the other gods, but the Good has no peer, for all are subject to its judgement. The gods are worshipped for the sake of their deeds, but the deeds are revered for the sake of the Good." Thus, the Light was not simply a god, but was above the gods. Indeed, "the gods themselves are subject to the Light."

3. In this way, the Philosopher, Quomas, defined that the Light was neither a god nor simply a magic, for indeed magic has no power over good or evil but is merely an instrument. The Light, however, is not mere instrument. Indeed, all gods and all instruments have a beginning, but what of the Light--what of Goodness? If Goodness be the standard by which all things are judged, and the Light is the source of the ultimate power of the universe, then there must be no greater judge or power in the universe such that could create Goodness. Therefore, the Light is uncreated. Before the Titans formed the worlds there was the Light.

4. Yet, no created thing without life is greater than that which lives, thus the Light cannot be the greatest power if it were not living. And, since it is better that a living thing be rational than a beast, the Light--as the greatest of all living things--must itself be rational. And, since it is better to be wise than to be foolish, the Light must be itself the source of all wisdom. And, since it is better to be strong than weak, the Light is itself the strongest power. And, since it is better for living things to have existence by their own power than by the power of another, the Light must be self-sufficient. Yet, no created thing can claim to be all-powerful or self-sufficient thus the Light must not be like created things, but must itself be the source of all that is. No other "thing" can claim such a status than that which is Being itself. Indeed, the Light is THAT-WHICH-IS. This is the Light's truest name forever.

CHAPTER 2 - What is the manifestation of the Light?
5. If, then, the Light is more than a mere power or magic, what can be said of its manifestation? It has been noted that the powers of the Light can be wielded by all capable persons, whether they be good or evil. Of this, the Luxologian, Columban Blackmoore, said, "Any person, good or evil, can wield the Light. This is because the Light dwells within all people." Indeed, if the Light is the source of all being, no thing which IS can exist without the presence of the Light which dwells within it. The Luxologian continues, "This power is not necessarily good or evil as it does not manifest itself at the will of the Light but at the will of the wielder." Yes, the powers of the Light penetrate all things, but the Light deigned that all things be created free. Indeed, it is written, "The Light, in Its graciousness, ordained that the beings which It had inspired ought possess freedom."

6. Since no being is truly free if it is incapable of choosing between good and evil, the Light does not refrain from bestowing its powers on the most evil of beings. Thus, the power of the Light may be willfully abused by evil men to create injustice and bring about harm. To abuse such a power, which is itself a principle of Goodness, is no other than a mortal evil and bears the weight of such a crime. Still, such evils cannot be credited to the Light, who deigns to shed its rays upon both the good and evil. The manifestation of the power of the Light, therefore, is not the physical form of the Light itself, but the form of the power of the Light which resides in all existing things. Thus, the powers of the Light may be invoked to bring about great feats of healing and even to restore the dead to life since the Light is the principle by which all things are in good health and life and all that are kept in good health are sustained only by the Light which dwells within them.
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