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100. The Righteousness of Offspring in the State of Innocence

1. In the state of innocence, children would have beenborn in righteousness or grace. Just as the children of fallenfirst parents inherit the original sin, so the children of sinlessfirst parents would have inherited the original righteousness.

2. But children born in the state of innocence would nothave been confirmed in grace. They would have been capable ofcommitting sin. Man is never confirmed in grace until he beholdsthe beatific vision.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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