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Incipit Expositio orationis dominice Lectio prima

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This chapter explains Gregory's two things; (i) he pointed to the dignity and eminence of that most holy prayer when he wrote: "Being warned by saving commandments and formed by divine teaching" and (ii) he showed us the courage needed to pray, giving the confidence of supplication when he added: "we dare to say". The dignity of anything arises from its own causes, and the four causes of this prayer are treated; (i) material cause is shown in the words: 'saving commandments', (ii) final cause is indicated by the words: 'being warned', for a warning comes about either so that we might reach our end or so that we might not fall away from our end, (iii) efficient cause is contained in the words: 'by divine teaching', for this prayer is divinely instituted, (iv) the formal cause of 'being formed'.

Keywords: commandments; Gregory's two things; holy prayer



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