Unless thou avoidest every voluntary sin, thou shalt labor in vain, whatever efforts thou mayst make.
1. The voice of Jesus. My Child, cleanse thy heart from every fault: and keep thyself carefully from the stain of even the least sin.
There is nothing, there can be nothing, for the sake of which it is allowed to commit a sin, however light.
Wherefore, although thou mightst thereby save the whole world from ruin, it would be unlawful to offend Me, even in the least thing, since I am infinitely more excellent than the whole universe.
Some guard themselves against grievous offenses, but of light faults they render themselves guilty without scruple; a clear sign that they are rather governed by self-love, than by love for Me.
Deluded souls! they will learn, at their cost, how greatly they have deceived themselves.
2. Whoever overlooks little things, will gradually fail in great ones: and, having accustomed himself to think everything little, he will still fancy that all is well with him; when, without much uneasiness of conscience, he commits great sins.
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