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13. Blasphemy

1. Blasphemy is a direct disparging of the divinegoodness. It is therefore a sin in conflict with the faith. For hewho has the faith confesses to the divine goodness.

2. Blasphemy, by its genus or the generalessential class of sins to which it belongs, is always a mortalsin.

3. We have seen that unbelief is the greatest of sinsagainst faith. Blasphemy is an emphatic form of unbelief. Hence, inspeaking of sins against faith, blasphemy is often called the worstof sins.

4. The wicked in hell detest the divine goodness andjustice, and thus they blaspheme. It is believable that, after theresurrection of the body at general judgment, human beings in hellwill utter their blasphemies audibly.

"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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