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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 tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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