Category Archives: Bible

Venial Sins

Cardinal Manning states that mortal sins separate the soul from God, Who is the life of the soul, whereas venial sins “may be found in souls that are united with God, and are in the grace of God, and in … Continue reading

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True Liberty

St. Francis de Sales lists three marks of true liberty in a soul: 1. “The heart which possesses this liberty is not attached to consolations, but receives afflictions with all the sweetness that the flesh admits of. I do not … Continue reading

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The Heart of St. Francis de Sales

In the following excerpts, St. Francis de Sales describes a vigorous, faithful, confident heart: “I see you with your vigorous heart which loves and wills powerfully. I like it, for what are those half-dead hearts good for? We must make … Continue reading

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What Is Hell?

Cardinal Manning cautions: “Let no impostors, who pretend to philosophy and to criticism, lead you for one moment to believe that the existence of hell and eternal punishment is by an arbitrary law, by a mere act of Divine legislation, … Continue reading

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How To Avoid the Effects of Mortal Sin

Cardinal Manning offers these words of counsel: “Meditate every day of your lives upon this great and awful truth—how easy it is to fall from God; and say to yourselves, ‘God is my end; for Him I was created.’ . … Continue reading

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The Fourth and Fifth Effects of Mortal Sin

Cardinal Manning explains that the fourth effect of mortal sin is that “the soul in itself begins to lose its vigour and its strength.” Every human person “needs the help of nature and of grace: and the supernatural gifts of … Continue reading

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The Third Effect of Mortal Sin

Cardinal Manning states that the third effect of mortal sin “is even more terrible; it mortifies and kills the very power of serving God.” “All the actions of a man in a state of mortal sin are dead; they have … Continue reading

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