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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.

"Before a man chooses his confessor, he ought to think well about it, and pray about it also; but when he has once chosen, he ought not to change, except for most urgent reasons, but put the utmost confidence in his director."
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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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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