Preserving Spiritual Tranquility – Part 4 of 5

Father Frassinetti notes: “One great fear which frequently causes much anguish to some devout souls is the possibility, from one moment to another, of falling into mortal sin, particularly when suffering from great and continual temptations.”

“Do you imagine that one falls into mortal sin, and thence into hell, by a misfortune, as travellers walking in the dark fall into the ditches that are by the wayside? In order to fall into mortal sin one must first have the evil will to do so. . . . You have the grace of God to support you, in order that the power of the temptation may not drag you down into the abyss. And He will support you with His grace—that God who is the great lover of souls. . . . Together with His grace the love that you bear to Him will support you.”

“Do not think that all the world is going to destruction. The grace of our Saviour works admirably in a great number of souls, and indeed in all those who humbly correspond with it. . . . Certain persons there are in the world who, overcome by grief at seeing all the evil which in fact is done, and the great numbers of people who appear to live only to offend God,—such persons allow themselves to be seized with a melancholy which makes them look crookedly at all things. . . . Do not allow yourself to be overtaken by this melancholy idea, which is good for nothing but to oppress the heart, and make you give vent to useless lamentations. In the world, it is true, there are many wicked people, and these are also more numerous than the good. But of the good there are also a great number, a most consoling number, who are the delight of our Lord. . . . Among this number you may be, provided that you desire it.”

Quotations from Joseph Frassinetti, The Consolation of the Devout Soul, trans. Georgiana Lady Chatterton (London: Burns and Oates, 1876).

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