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118. The Production of Man's Soul

1. Plant-souls and animal-souls, after first creation,come into existence by generation; they are propagated with theliving bodies they animate.

2. The human soul, being rational, is a spirit; it cannotbe generated; it cannot come from matter, which is a thing inferiorto itself. It cannot originate except by the direct creative act ofGod in each instance.

3. The human soul does not exist before its body. By onesingle act of creation God produces the soul and joins it withmatter, and the soul constitutes this matter as a living humanbeing. The human body is generated by parents, but it is made aliving human being by the soul which God creates, and, by an actindivisible from creation, joins to matter within the body of thehuman mother.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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