They abstain from sin as a sick man abstains from melons, when told by the physician that if he eats them he will die; but still he longs for them, and bargains for them, and wishes at least to smell them, and envies those who are permitted to eat them.  So, weak and feeble penitents abstain from sin for some time, but it is with regret, and they would be glad to sin if they could do so without being damned.  They speak of sin with feeling and zest, and think those happy who commit it. – St. Francis de Sales


~ by Rob on December 2, 2008.

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