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7. The Nature of Confession

1. St. Augustine describes confession as an act which laysbare the hidden evil and disease with the hope of cure andpardon.

2. Since confession is a true manifestation of consciencein which the heart and the lips agree, it is an act of virtue.

3. The virtue exercised by confession is the virtue ofpenance.

"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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