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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.

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

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"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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