First, it should be understood that a revelation is nothing else than the disclosure of some hidden truth, or the manifestation of some secret or mystery, as when God imparts understanding of some truth to the intellect, or discloses to the soul something that he did, is doing, or is thinking of doing [Cf. Aquinas, Summa theologiae 2-2. 171, 172, 173, and 174].
Saint John of the Cross
Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book II, Chap. 25, no. 1
Note: Our thanks to Alfred Freddoso, John and Jean Oesterle Professor Emeritus of Thomistic Studies and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA) for freely sharing with the world his new translation of the whole of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae.
John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.
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