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mand of reason—the reasonableness of existence.

392. Therefore, no representation of what will be after death gives such an answer as will satisfy a reasonable man.

393. Nor can this be otherwise. The question is wrongly formulated. Human reason, which can work only in the conditions of time and space, seeks to give an answer concerning that which is outside of these conditions. One thing only is known to reason: that the divine essence does exist, that it has been growing while in this world and that, having attained a certain extent of growth, it has passed out of these conditions.

394. Will this essence still continue its functions in a separate form? Will the increase of love produce a new accumulation ? These are but guesses, and of such guesses there may be many; but none of them can give certainty.

395. One thing alone is certain and indubitable, that which Christ said when he was dying: “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit ”—that is to say, at death I re

turn whence I came. And if I believe that from which I have emanated to be reason and love (and these two realities I know), then I shall joyously return to Him, knowing that it will be well with me. Not only have I no regret, but I rejoice at the thought of the passage which awaits me.

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