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140. The Precepts of Fortitude

1. All divine laws which direct man towards heaven areprecepts of fortitude inasmuch as the way to heaven is beset withtemptations and dangers that a man must steadfastly overcome.

2. The virtues annexed to fortitude-patience,perseverance, magnanimity, constancy-involve laws of virtuousprocedure in the face of hardships and perils, and are thusprecepts of fortitude.

"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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"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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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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