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133. Faintheartedness or Pusillanimity

1. Faintheartedness or pusillanimity is a culpable dispositionto refuse to face up to situations of difficulty that one mightwell handle and overcome. By presumption, a man takes on more thanhe can handle; by faintheartedness, a man refuses to do what hecan. This faintheartedness is a sin. The servant who buried his onetalent because he was too fainthearted to engage in trade with it,was punished, as for a sin (Matt., chap. 15).

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
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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