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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.

"He who wishes to be perfectly obeyed, should give but few orders."
St Philip Neri

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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