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The failure on the part of most people in the West to give a little of their time to personal and private holy communion, bringing no priest or clergyman into the period but seeking in their own solitude to take advantage of the usually well-camouflaged fact that man is essentially alone, brings its inevitable consequences. Their lives may be good or bad, their careers may be successful or failing, but having no consciousness of Consciousness they remain only half-men. They have so little competent guidance from those who are professional spiritual guides that most do not even know the sin through omission they are committing, do not recognize the failure in duty.

-- Notebooks Category 4: Elementary Meditation > Chapter 1: Preparatory > # 52

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