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79. External Causes of Sin

1. In no way whatever, directly or indirectly, is God thecause of any sin.

2. God supports his creatures in being and existence. Godtherefore supports man's free will, even while man is abusingfree will by sinning. God causes the man who sins, and causes hiswill, and enables or causes it to act. But, though God is the causeof the act which free will makes sinful, he is in no waythe cause of the sin as such.

3. God is called the cause of spiritual blindness and ofhardness of heart, in the sense that he withdraws or withholds hisgrace from those in whom he finds an obstacle or block to the entryand effectiveness of such grace.

4. Spiritual blindness and hardness of heart indicate aman's determined abandonment of God, and, consequently, hisabandonment of the hope of heaven. Sometimes, however, atemporary spiritual blindness may work towards a man'sgood by warning him; just so a temporary blindness of the bodilyeyes may warn a man to avoid strain and unsuitable light whichcould permanently injure or destroy his vision.

"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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