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34. Hatred

1. It is possible for a debased human will to hate God.God is altogether lovable, but to the sinner who incurs thenecessary penalties of sin, hatred of the divine justice, whichimposes the penalties, is possible.

2. Hatred of God is manifestly the worst of sins. For theevil of sin consists in the fact that it turns the soul away fromGod. And there can be no more complete and dreadful turning fromGod than by hatred of God.

3. It is always a sin to hate one's neighbor. For, asSt. John says (I John 2:9): "He that hateth his brother is indarkness." We are to hate sin in our brother, but we are tolove our brother.

4. Our hatred of our neighbor is a sin less hurtful to himthan other sins, such as theft, or murder, or adultery. Therefore,it is not true to say that hatred is the most grievous of sinsagainst a neighbor.

5. Hatred is not listed with the capital sins. For, thoughother sins may arise from hatred as from their capital source,hatred itself is not promptly present to fallen nature, but comesas the result of the gradual deterioration and destruction oflove.

6. Hatred grows out of the capital sin of envy, which issorrow over a neighbor's good. Envy makes a neighbor's goodhateful to the envious man, and thus, as St. Augustine says in hisRule: "Out of envy cometh hatred."

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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