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126. Insensibility to Fear

1. If a man, from lack of love, or from pride, should bewholly without fear in any circumstance, he would be guilty of anevil. Such insensibility is in conflict with reason. If, however,insensibility comes merely from dullness of mind, which is not aman's own fault, it is not a sinful insensibility.

2. Insensibility to fear is opposed to fortitude. Thevirtue of fortitude regulates or moderates fear, so that a manfaces grave danger in spite of it. But insensibility is a dullness,stupidity, or pride which has no fear to regulate. Fortitude facesdangers; to insensibility, there are no dangers.

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

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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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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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