Five: This Art is most Perfect
My Son, a perfect thing cannot be modified by adding anything to it or by taking anything away from it: and given that the perfection of Work can be known from the perfection of the Artificer, how perfect indeed must be the Work that the Supreme Artificer taught me? I am speaking about the General Art that GOD showed me on a mountain (Mount Randa): (Lib. Quaest. super 4. Lib. Sent. in prol.) therefore, as the Works of GOD are perfect (Deut ch 32 v 4), what could the self-styled Reformers of my Art either add to, or take away from this Art?
The Pupil: I must avow, dearest Father, that I, too, was one of those who tried hard to correct your Books and your Art.
The Teacher: "my Son, do not try in any way to correct my books, but try to understand them as much as you can, and raise only a few objections; many are those who correct the books while leaving themselves stranded in ignorance and error." (Doctor Ilum. in Introd. Art. Dem. cap. 40 n. 6.)
The Pupil: Should anyone deny, Father, that you received your Art from GOD, as quite a few have already done, some have gone so far as to shamelessly proclaim you an impostor, a fanatic and a Disciple of the devil; if this is any indication of what their followers will do in the future, I do not know what will happen, only GOD knows.
The Teacher: My Son, if you are anxious to know the origin of my Art and my Books, then ascend into my Trees, taste the fruit and see:
"16 By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit." (Matthew Ch 7)
My Son, according to my General Art, from the above particular demonstration, the following general demonstration follows: "all that is good does good, and all that is evil does evil, good cannot do evil, nor can evil do good." Would any Christian presume to deny that this demonstration made according to the Logic of Christ is better than any syllogism contained in Aristotle's barbaric method of logical argument? Nonetheless, my Son, I do not want your sole judgment to be the ultimate arbiter as you study my Books and my Art, for you are vulnerable, as I was, to being misled and to mislead others, and this potential for going astray obliges and compels the sheep to follow their Shepherd.
And regarding this point, my Son, I tell you as my Pupil to do as your Master did, unless you want to be miserably deceived and perish with the straying sheep, who falsely claim that by some gift from the Supreme Shepherd they are as infallible, and even more so, than the Shepherd who represents Him on earth, because they do not understand the proportion that must exist between the two. Consider all my Works: notwithstanding any enlightenment that I received from on high, I subjected them all to the Censure of our Holy Mother, the Church; from all the passages I wrote about this, take, for instance, what I wrote in the first and, in my mind, the most precious of all these books, namely the Great Book of Contemplation in GOD.
"Now if perchance this book contained any defect or error against the holy Catholic Faith, I hereby affirm that this defect is due to myself, and that I made this error through ignorance, although my intention was good, pure and Catholic, and that I neither believe in this error, nor do I assert it, rather, I ask that it be expunged from this Work; therefore I do not claim that this Work is free of errors, and if anyone has doubts about anything in it that might be an error contrary to the Faith, he could also be mistaken, although well intentioned, as it is equally possible for me to have made errors in this Work, if there be any error in it, even though I intended to avoid putting any error in this Book, or anything against the holy Catholic Law. (Lib. Contempl. Vol. 3. Lib. 5. cap. 365.)
Do not be afraid, my Son, now if this Art is a gift of the Holy Spirit, the very same Spirit who leads his Spouse on earth, our Mother, will not allow her to be opposed to this Art, for she will receive many good things through this Art, as I mentioned above.