On the divine calling of human creatures.

God wills that the human creature laud and praise him in a different way than the sun, the moon, and the stars. From the human creature God wants not only an echo, but an answer to his love. God wills that the human creature be united to him as a person, and therefore in the relative independence of the created “I”. God wills that the human creature’s answer of love be more than a return of his gift — such a naked return of what has been received would still be no gift of love. Rather, God wills that this return of his gift be governed and permeated by the personal act of free self-surrender. God wills that the human creature actually take with his own hand, receive into his own personal centre, the gift of the divine life and love received from the Creator, and return it to the giver thus enriched by the act of personal affirmation and governed by the personal self of the human creature.

Peter Brunner as quoted by David Yeago in Apostolic Faith.

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