Choose a topic from Part 2B:

137. Perseverance

1. Perseverance is the virtue which disposes a person tohold steadily to a good purpose, keeping the end steadily in view,despite delays, fatigue, and temptations to indifference.

2. Perseverance is a part of the virtue offortitude.

3. Constancy and perseverance agree in point ofsteadfastness. But these are not identical virtues. Constancystands firm against stresses external to the virtue practiced;perseverance stands firm under the weariness that comes from theeffort of the virtue itself.

4. Perseverance as a supernatural virtue requires grace.And as the act of "persevering unto the end in Christ,"perseverance is a special and freely bestowed gift of God.

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

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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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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