26. THE QUESTION WAS: What was St. Jerome discussing when he said, It is one thing to owe ten thousand talents, another to owe but a farthing.
a. the difference between mortal and venial sins
b. the difference between and poor in wealth and the poor in spirit
THE ANSWER IS . A He was writing about degrees of sins, saying there is a big difference between a venial and mortal sin.
Here is St. Jeromes quote:
"There are venial sins and there are mortal sins. It is one thing to owe ten thousand talents, another to owe but a farthing. We shall have to give an accounting for an idle word no less than for adultery. But to be made to blush and to be tortured are not the same thing; not the same thing to grow red in the face and to be in agony for a long time. . . . If we entreat for lesser sins we are granted pardon, but for greater sins, it is difficult to obtain our request. There is a great difference between one sin and another." St. Jerome ("Against Jovinian" c. 393 A.D.)
Regarding Degrees of Sins, see
http://www.catholic.com/library/Mortal_Sin.asp (Mortal Sin)
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