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94. The Saved and the Damned

1. The sufferings of the damned will be perfectly known tothe saints or blessed in heaven, and will only make them the morethankful to God for his great mercy towards themselves.

2. There can, however, be no pity in the saints withreference to the damned. For, on the other hand, they know that thedamned are suffering what they chose and still perversely choose.On the other hand, pity is painful in the one who experiences it,and there can be nothing painful in heaven.

3. The blessed are in full conformity with the will of Godwho wills justice. The saints rejoice in the accomplishment ofGod's justice. To this extent it can be said that they joy inthe pains of the damned.

"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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"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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"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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