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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.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."
The Cure D'Ars

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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