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Suffering is the price of wrong-doing. Sin creates its own punishment. Prayer that has no higher purpose than to escape from the consequences of its own mistakes and its own ignorance is like an object standing in the sunlight which asks that its shadow be removed from it--it asks for the impossible. The proper way to separate sin from the price of sin is first, to stop sinning; second, to make all possible amendment and reparation; and third, freely to recognize, humbly to confess, and penitently to eliminate the faults of character which created the sin.)

-- Notebooks Category 13: Human Experience > Chapter 1: Situation > # 198

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