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16. Those Who Have the Virtue of Penance

1. As a man is curable by reason of his soundhealth, even though he never had a disease, so a man may have thevirtue of penance, even though he has never sinned actually. Thevirtue of penance is infused by God with the other supernaturalvirtues.

2. The virtue of penance is a part of justice,and justice will remain in the soul in heaven. Hence the virtue ofpenance also will remain in the soul. But in heaven the act of thevirtue of penance will not be grief for sin, but joyousthanksgiving to God for his mercy in pardoning sin.

3. There can be no virtue of penance in the angels, forthe good angels have not committed sin, nor are they capable now ofcommitting it. And the evil angels are fixed and determined intheir sinful will, and cannot be repentant.

"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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