This kind of direct communication would come under the category of what Aquinas calls knowledge by connaturality
The painter endows the rabbit, in that unique act of comprehension by connaturality
which is the basis of all art, with the irreducible quality of Kreaturlichkeit (creatureliness).
in Maritain's thought, see Frederick Crosson, "Maritain and poetic knowledge," in Being and Predication: Thomistic Interpretations (Washington: Catholic University Press, 1986), chap.
In the artists' case, the outer and inner world are grasped together in what Maritain calls knowledge by connaturality
Their topics include his refutation of Hume, connaturality
and the metaphysics and epistemology of virtues, MacIntyre and Kovesi on the nature of moral concepts, legal reasoning, and Kovesi on natural world concepts and the theory of meaning.
Second, although "Plato totally separates poetic inspiration from reason," Jacques Maritain notes, poetry to Aquinas is "a specific kind of knowledge" by means of "affective connaturality
which essentially relates to the creativity of the spirit" (Intuition 63, 85-86), and works with the intellect by "the indispensable instrumentality of feeling, feeling, feeling" (Intuition 87).
With regard to the analogy between poetry and grace, only a robust notion of connaturality
will allow us to see that Poetry disposes the artist to produce a suitable object in the way grace disposes the moral agent to act virtuously.
Embedded within the interiority of Christian consciousness, the experience is not psychological in nature but is a "'dogmatic' experience" involving the witness the Spirit speaks to us (49) and results in an "attunement" (50) to God and "a new connaturality
of the soul with divine things.
Moreover, O'Reilly adduces a compelling case that Aquinas grounds and surrounds discursive reasoning and judgment (per modum cognitionis) with judgment by connaturality
or inclination (per modum inclinationis).
One could suggest several other factors that may account better than Downs's hypothesis for the Christianization of Northeast India, including the connaturality
of tribal and Christian values; the search for wholeness; the emphasis on community in Christian and tribal ways of life; freedom in matters of food; comparatively democratic ways of functioning; emphasis on the basic dignity and equality of persons without the burdens of a caste-ridden society; myths and legends similar to biblical accounts of the origin, fall, and redemption of man; the absence of any long theological, philosophical, historical, and liturgical traditions and expressions in tribal religions; and above all the person and figure of Jesus Christ.
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As Aquinas writes, "this sympathy or connaturality
for Divine things is the result of charity, which unites us to God.