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Only, to consent and to judge the consent is not yet all. We can will evil and know it to be evil, and choose nevertheless to do it. To the "judgment " there is therefore added a THE LOST LIKENESS " choice ", and this act of choosing (eligere) is itself the upshot of a deliberation (consilium) . Now, as a result of original sin, we arc not of necessity always capable of choosing the good or of avoiding evil, even when reason has judged them as such. We must therefore say that if the liberum arbitrium is never lacking, we can nevertheless, and without ceasing to be men, lack the liberum consilium.
How? By way of the restoration of that image, which each of us substantially is, to the likeness of its Exemplar ; by stripping us of our own will thus to unite us to His, by liquefying us, so to speak, so that we may already pass into Him by ecstasy, while awaiting the day when we shall pass wholly into Him by glory; by no means there to be dissolved and lost, but confirmed for ever in perfection. There then already we have sources of inspiration the importance of which it would be superfluous to underline.
Cf. 1 207 B) . 6. The upshot of this assimilation is a deification : defficatio : "magis autem Deus per deificationem facta" (op. , I 202 D) ; "theosin" ( I 206 B) ; "et totus factus Deus . . " &c. ( I 208 B) . We may remark here, as in the case of the First Epistle of St. John, that St. Bernard would seem to have exhausted all the resources which the text in question put at his disposal. The literal resemblance of certain phrases-the two com parisons taken from Maximus-strengthen the impression, already in itself irresistible, that this sequence of ideas, common to the two doctrines, really passed over from Maximus to St.