The Supernatural Organism/Order
'Your Ticket/Highway to Heaven'

[Mortal Sin destroys your Ticket-to-Heaven]

The Madonna of Carmel and the Souls of Purgatory - by TIEPOLO, Giovanni Battista - from Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

The Souls in Heaven, the Church Triumphant, intercede to God on behalf of the Souls in Purgatory, the Church Suffering. Our Blessed Mother in Heaven, the 'Throne of Mercy' and 'Queen of the Angels', takes great delight in sending her Angels to release those Souls mercifully pardoned by her Son Jesus. Although depicted with Bodies, members of the Church Triumphant and Suffering actually have no Bodies, and will not receive their Glorified Bodies until the Final Judgment at the World's End. Currently, there are only Two (2) known Bodies in Heaven, belonging to Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother. Popular speculation attributes a Third Body belonging to Saint Joseph, based on God's Commandment to 'Honor thy Father and Mother'. Jesus will never be outdone by Man in bestowing Honor on His parents.

 

Supernatural Organism/Order
(Resides in the Essence of the
Soul of the Natural Order)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Organism

Natural
Body
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural
Soul
(Dominant Partner)

Supernatural Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Man is born a Rational Creature, with Body and Soul, into the Natural Order.
God First elevates Man to the Supernatural Order via the Sacrament of Baptism, which infuses Sanctifying Grace into the Essence of the Soul. The other Six (6) Sacraments can then elevate the Soul even Higher.
The Supernatural Order is the Ensemble of Effects exceeding the Powers of the Created Universe and Gratuitously produced directly by God for the purpose of raising the Rational Creature above its Natural Sphere to a God-like Life and Destiny.
Mortal Sin destroys/kills Man's entire Supernatural Organism. Man is no-longer a Temple of God. God is gone & resides no-longer in the Soul.
Only God can raise the Soul back-to-life from the Dead, via the Sacrament of Penance.

 

 

dovesmlc.gif (3961 bytes) The Supernatural Organism - Part I of V

by Father Jordan Aumann, O.P.

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Father Jordan Aumann, O.P. former Director of the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome, is an honorary professor of the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, where he has been giving special courses in Spirituality since 1977.

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Each of us is a Complex-Being composed of Body and Soul, of Matter and Spirit, Intimately United to form One (1) Person. It has been said that each of us is a Microcosm, a Synthesis of all Creation. We have existence, as do Inanimate Things; we are Nourished, Reproduce, and Grow, as do Plants; we have Sensate Knowledge, Passions, and the Power of Locomotion, as do Animals; and like the Angels, we can know the Spiritual Truth and be drawn to Spiritual Good. All these Vital Powers -- Vegetative, Sensitive, and Rational -- constitute the Natural Life of Man. They are not Superimposed one-on-the-other; they Co-Penetrate one another and Mutually Complement one another, to lead to the Natural Perfection of the Whole Person.

Supernatural Order
(Resides in the Essence of the
Soul of the Natural Order)

Human Being/Person
(A Unity (1) of Body and Soul)

Natural
Order

Supernatural
Order

Natural Body/
Lower Powers
(Subordinate-Partner)

Natural Soul/
Natural Virtues
(Dominant Partner)

Sanctifying Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

There is nothing in our Nature that Postulates, either Proximately or Remotely, the Supernatural Order. The Elevation to this Order is a totally Gratuitous Favor of God that Infinitely Transcends all the Exigencies of Nature. Nevertheless, there is a Close Analogy between the Natural and the Supernatural Orders, for Grace does not destroy Nature, but Perfects and Elevates it.

The Supernatural Order constitutes a True Life for us and has a Supernatural Organism that is similar to the Natural Vital Organism. As in the Natural Order, we can distinguish Four (4) Basic Elements in Human Life:

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yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) the Formal Principle of Life,
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) the Faculties or Powers, and
yellowdot.gif (100 bytes) the Operations of those Faculties - - -

 

Elements - Supernatural Organism

Subject: Soul
Formal Principle: Sanctifying Grace
Faculties/Powers: Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Operations: Acts of the Virtues and Gifts

- - - so we can find similar Elements in our Supernatural Organism:

The 'Subject' is the Soul;
The 'Formal Principle' of Supernatural Life is Sanctifying Grace;
The 'Faculties' are the Infused Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit;
And the 'Operations' are the Acts of those Virtues and Gifts.

 

The Soul
Subject of the Supernatural Organism

Elements - Supernatural Organism

Subject: Soul
Formal Principle: Sanctifying Grace
Faculties/Powers: Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Operations: Acts of the Virtues and Gifts

The Human Soul is a Spiritual Substance that is Independent of Matter in its Being and its Operations, although, while it is in the Body it makes use of Bodily Powers for the Exercise of various functions. But the Soul is not a completely Independent Substance, nor can the Soul alone be properly called a Person. A Person is not the Body alone, nor the Soul alone, but the Composite that results from the Substantial Union of the Two (2).

Human Soul

Soul/Intelligence/
Superior Will/Reason
Mind/Intellect
Infused Knowledge/
Understanding
Heart/Conscience

Within the Essence of the Soul resides the Supernatural Order consisting of Sanctifying Grace/Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Mortal Sin destroys the Supernatural Order.

We know from Reason, and from Sound Philosophy, and also from the Teaching of the Church, that the Soul is the Substantial Form of the Body. Consequently, the Soul gives us our Essential Grade of Perfection, and Communicates to the Body the same Act of Being by which the Soul itself exists. But the Soul is not Immediately Operative; it needs Faculties or Powers for Operation; and the specifically Human Faculties that Emanate from the Essence of the Soul are the Intellect and the Will.

Such is the Subject in which our Supernatural Life resides. Grace, which is the Formal Principle of that Supernatural Life, is rooted in the very Essence of the Soul in a Static manner. The Virtues and the Gifts, which are the Dynamic Elements in the Supernatural Organism, reside in the Human Faculties or Powers, and Elevate them to the Supernatural Order.

 

- End of Part I -

 

Index - Supernatural Organism

Subject: Soul
Formal Principle: Sanctifying Grace
Faculties/Powers: Infused Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Operations: Acts of the Virtues and Gifts

 

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Theological Virtues

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by Father Jordan Aumann, O.P.
Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical University
of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome