Choose a topic from Part 3 Suppl:

4. The Time or Season of Contrition

1. As long as a person is a wayfarer (that is, as long ashe lives here on earth), he is to hate what hinders his progress toGod and heaven. Hence, the whole of earthly life is the time orseason for contrition.

2. Since contrition cannot be too great in the will orreason, though it may be excessive in the sentient part of man, itought to be continuous through a person's life in so far asthis is compatible with the duties of life. "Blessed are theythat mourn" (Matt. 5:5).

3. The time or season of contrition ends with this life.The souls in heaven have no grief, but supreme joy. The souls inpurgatory have grief, but no longer have need to crush out hardnessfrom their will, for it is not there. Besides, the souls inpurgatory have passed their time for meriting, and truesupernatural contrition is always meritorious.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

* * *

"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

* * *

"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

* * *