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15. Vices Opposed to Knowledge and Understanding

1. A person who turns away his mind from all considerationof God, or who so busies himself with creatural things that he hasno time to think of God and of his own soul's needs, is subjectto mental and spiritual blindness; in so far as this is aperson's own fault, it is a sin.

2. Blindness of mind is a complete privation ofthe consideration of spiritual goods. Dullness of sense isa partial privation; it is a weakness, not a total absence, ofmental vision which beholds spiritual goods. Thus dullness, in sofar as it is voluntary, is also sinful.

3. It appears that both dullness of sense and blindness ofmind arise primarily from sins of the flesh; the former fromgluttony, and the latter from lust.

"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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