Choose a topic from Part 2B:

131. Ambition

1. Desire for honors is good when it includes recognitionthat what is truly honorable is from God, and that the honor itselfis ultimately to be referred to God. Now, the desire for honorswhich a man wishes for himself without referring them to God, issinful ambition.

2. Sinful ambition is opposed to the virtue ofmagnanimity, because the desire or love of honors, whichmagnanimity regulates, is manifested without regulation inambition.

"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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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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

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