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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.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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