The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Sin and virtue are a game of resistance we play with God in His efforts to draw us towards perfection. The sense of virtue helps us to cherish our sins in secret.
The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.
Any act of violence creates resentment and resistance, because humans were meant to be free.
I marveled repeatedly at the providence of God, who had put these naturally impious people in a place where they could not corrupt his beloved ones and had punished them for their pride by leaving them to their own devices. That is why I don't doubt He has put off having the Gospel preached to them: He knows they would abuse it, and their resistance to it would only earn them a harsher punishment in the other world.
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