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113. Irony

1. In our present study, irony does not have its usualmeaning as a kind of ridicule or mockery. It has the original Greekmeaning of dissimulation of one's good qualities; it meanspretending, not in honesty and humility but dishonestly,that one is less or worse than one actually is. Thus understood,irony has the character of dissimulation and lying.

2. One lie may be worse than another either in thematter lied about or in the motive of the liar.Now, irony and boasting deal with the same matter, forboth are a speaker's words about himself. But the two thingsdiffer in motive. And the motive of boasting is usually viler thanthe motive of irony. The boaster wishes to glorify himself in theopinion of others; the ironical person rather wishes to avoid theoffense of seeming prideful or snobbish. Yet sometimes irony isworse than boasting; it is so, for example, when it is used as acunning means of deceiving persons with a view to subsequentcheating.

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

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