28th February

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Concerning the doctrine of religious vocation, it is true in general that we speak of following a counsel, not a command; and so there is no sin when someone does not follow the counsel, since sin always consists in transgressing against a command. Nonetheless it is certain that when someone fails to accept a religious vocation when he could well do so, he deprives himself of an infinite good. Moreover, we have no way of knowing what obligations arise in someone else through internal inspirations of grace. We can be certain that God requires of certain individuals what He does not ask of all, so that for these a counsel may in fact be a command even though normally speaking it would not be one.

Turin, 11.03.37

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