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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.

"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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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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