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.

"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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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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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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