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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.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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