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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.

"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
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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