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83. The Subject of Original Sin

1. Sin is in the soul, not the body; hence original sin isin the soul. The defects, weaknesses, and tendencies of the fleshwhich come from original sin are punishments, not guilt. Whenactual sin occurs because of bodily tendencies, it is reallycommitted by man through his will. The flesh of itself does notsin, nor has it the guilt of sin.

2. Original sin primarily affects the very nature of man.It is in the essence of the soul rather than in the powers of thesoul.

3. Through the soul's essence original sin infects thesoul's powers. It strikes first at the will. The will is theseat of appetency, and it is the source of man's firstinclination to sin.

4. In the subordinate powers, the infection of originalsin is most apparent in the generative power, the appetites, andthe sense of touch.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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