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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.

"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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