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35. Sloth

1. Sloth is sluggishness of mind which neglects to begingood. It is a kind of oppressive sorrow (for what is, in itself,good) which so weighs on a person's mind that he chooses to donothing. Sloth is spiritual laziness. It is a sin, and a capitalsin.

2. Sloth is sorrow for spiritual good. It is a specialvice opposed to charity. For charity rejoices in the good whichsloth finds the occasion for sadness.

3. Sloth is, therefore, by its nature, contrary tocharity, and, by that fact, it is a mortal sin in its genus orgeneral essential kind. Yet, like all sins that are mortal in theirgenus, sloth is not mortal in fact, unless it be fully accepted bythe deliberate will.

4. Sloth is rightly listed among the capital (or source)sins-from which many other sins flow.

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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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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"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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