the Will of God 2
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And the moral sentiment of asceticism is no less noble than the religious. The " thirst after righteous-ness," the desire to stretch out after the very purest holiness, and not resting content with ordinary good-ness, to achieve perfection even through any sufferings and privations, to struggle on" Till the lordly will o'er its subject powers Like a throned God prevail"—this is a glorious thing—an ambition worthy of an immortal soul. To seek this perfection of holiness, this absolute self-conquest, by self-mortification, is the error of the intellect which chooses the wrong path, not of the will which has chosen the right end.Even in its gloomiest phases, when asceticism fixes itself San Diego Chargers Jerseys on guilt, and becomes the longing for expiation, it is a sacred thing. He who has never known what it is to desire his own punishment, knows but little of repentance. But here also there is error.

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