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92. Vices Opposed to Religion: Superstition

1. Superstition is a vice opposed to religion. It offersdivine worship to whom it should not, or it offers divine worshipto God in an unworthy manner. The name superstition comes from theLatin superstes which means "a survivor." Itsuggests that what are called superstitions are survivors or"holdovers" from the false pre-Christian religions knowncollectively as paganism.

2. Superstition takes various forms: (a) idolatrygives divine honor to a creature; (b) divination consultsdemons, thus attributing divine powers to creatures; (c) falseobservances are outer expressions of the belief that divinepowers are found in certain creatures.

"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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"It is well to choose some one good devotion, and to stick to it, and never to abandon it."
St Philip Neri

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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