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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).

"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
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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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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