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82. Devotion

1. Devotion, in the religious sense, is the will to giveoneself steadily to the service of God.

2. Devotion is not a virtue, but the act of a virtue.Indeed, it is anact of charity, as all the moral virtues arewhen they are supernatural. But specifically it is an act of thevirtue of religion.

3. The extrinsic cause of devotion in a person is God. Theintrinsic cause (which is in the person himself) is meditation orcontemplation. When a person thinks upon God and ponders hisgoodness and loving kindness, he is stirred to a love of God thatbegets devotion. And, pondering his own insufficiency and hisfaults, a man is moved to turn to God and to lean upon him; out ofthis consideration too, devotion arises.

4. The direct and chief effect of devotion is joy in God.Its secondary and indirect effect is sorrow for one'sshortcomings and sins.

"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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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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