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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.

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
St Philip Neri

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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