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54. Negligence

1. Negligence is a lack of due care, a culpable absence ofsolicitude, in meeting or performing the practical duties oflife.

2. Solicitude or proper carefulness is allied to prudence.Hence, a sin against solicitude is a sin against prudence.

3. Although negligence is often a venial sin, it ispossible that it may be a mortal sin; this is the case on twooccasions: (a) when negligence is concerned with somethingnecessary to salvation, and (b) when negligence is a completeremissness about the things of God.

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

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