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SENSE OF SIN

A salutary fear produced in the believing soul by a clear understanding of the nature and malice of sin. Its keenness depends on a person's holiness and is most sensitive among the saints. Its quality is an awareness of God's sanctity in contrast with one's own weakness, and therefore a sense of constant dependence on divine grace.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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