De Sacramentis 1.2.4

1.2.4 “What is the first cause of the foundation of rational beings.”

Hugh elaborates on the point from the previous chapter about God’s role as final cause of creation: the “foundation of the rational creature” is that “God in His eternal goodness wished that there be made sharers in His blessedness… That good, therefore, which He Himself was… was induced by goodness alone, not by necessity, to communicate itself, since it was characteristic of the best to wish to benefit.” The goal or purpose of creation, in short, was to provide creatures with whom God could share, and without any diminishment to himself, some of his own infinite goodness.

 

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