Choose a topic from Part 2B:

130. Presumption

1. Presumption, as we use the word here, means the immoderateand unreasonable assuming that one can do what actually lies beyondone's power to perform. Since presumption conflicts withreason, it is sinful.

2. Presumption is an evil opposed to magnanimity. Formagnanimity is greatness of mind and purpose for honorableachievement which, however difficult, lies within a person'spower to attain. But presumption reaches with ill-foundedconfidence for what lies beyond its power to grasp.

"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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"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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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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