Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"On the danger to which tepidity exposes the soul" (part 3)

"Lust, Avarice and Envy" from "The Ladder of Souls with the Seven Deadly Sins," 
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chaldon, England

The following is taken from a sermon for Passion Sunday by our Lenten guide, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:

"St. Francis of Assisi says, that, in endeavouring to draw to sin a soul that is afraid of being in enmity with God, the Devil does not seek in the beginning to bind her with the chain of a slave, by tempting her to commit mortal sin, because she would have a horror of yielding to mortal sin, and would guard herself against it.  He first endeavours to bind her by a single hair; then by a slender thread; next by a cord; afterwards by a rope; and in the end by a chain of Hell,  - that is by mortal sin; and thus he makes her his slave."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.

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