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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."

"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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