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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.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
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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