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76. Ignorance as a Cause of Sin

1. The active cause of sin is the will under the light andjudgment of intellect; that is, the cause of sin is the reason.Now, ignorance may deprive reason of guiding knowledge that itought to have, and therefore may bear upon the committing of sin.Thus, in some sense, ignorance may be the cause of sin.

2. Ignorance is itself a sin when it is a man's ownfault and pertains to things that he is under obligation toknow.

3. Ignorance which is not one's own fault, and whichdeprives one of knowledge which would have prevented a sinful act,excuses from the guilt of sin.

4. Ignorance that is not directly willed tends to diminishthe guilt of sin that comes as a result of it.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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