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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.

"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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