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38. Contention

1. Contention is discord that finds expression in words.It is bickering, unreasonable arguing, without regard to charity,and often without regard to truth. Contention is sinful, and it ispossible for it to be mortally sinful.

2. Contention, like discord, is a daughter of vainglory.For the contentious man clings pridefully to his own way and hisown opinion, arguing stubbornly even in the face of evidence andthe manifestation of truth.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God speaks to us without ceasing by his good inspirations."
The Cure D'Ars

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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