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165. The Temptation of Adam

1. Man, dowered with free will, had to exercisethat free will in choosing or rejecting God. Had there been notrial, no temptation, man would have had a kind of mechanicalprogress from Paradise to heaven, and the greatest of his gifts,the gift that makes him most like to God in his being (that is,free will) would have been a vain and unused gift. Free humannature had to have a chance to choose freely, and this was given inthe temptation. There was no need for Adam to succumb to thetemptation. He had a perfect human nature, and he had supernaturalgrace and supernatural gifts. No creature could harm him or forcehis choice, against his will. That Adam sinned, that he chose toabuse freedom instead of using it, was his own fault.

2. The manner and order of the first man's temptationwere entirely suitable. The temptation was rounded and complete. Itappealed to the intellect and will; the appeal was made through thesenses; into the whole event of the temptation there entered one ofthe man's own species, the woman; one thing of the animalorder, the serpent; and one thing of the vegetal order, the treewith its fruit.

"The one thing necessary which Jesus spoke of to Martha and Mary consists in hearing the word of God and living by it."
R. Garrigou-Lagrange, OP

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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