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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.

"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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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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"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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