Friday, April 20, 2012

"On avoiding the occasions of sin" (conclusion)

"Allegory of Perseverance,"  Giovanni Bellini

The following is taken from a sermon for the First Sunday after Easter by our Eastertide guide, St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:

"If we wish to save our souls from sin and Hell, we must always fear and tremble.  "With fear and trembling work out your salvation" - Phil. ii. 12.  He who is not fearful, but exposes himself to occasions of sin, shall scarcely be saved.  . . . We cannot merit the grace of perseverance; but, according to St. Augustine, God grants it to every one that asks it, because he has promised to hear all who pray to him."

St. Alphonsus Liguori, pray for us.

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