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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).

"It is vanity to love what passes quickly and not to look ahead where eternal joy abides. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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