THOSE WHO COMMIT WILLFUL
Evil done deliberately
provokes a severer judgment. This is worse than committing sin
by precipitancy where sin is the more easily washed away.
Those who sin deliberately easily fall also into despair. "I
will visit upon you for the evil of your doings.".
There is a difference
between the sin and evil purpose. Sins in deed are often due
to infirmity or negligence; but, in evil purpose, it is always due
to a malicious intent.
"And he sat not in the
seat of pestilence." To sit in the chair of pestilence is to
commit evil deeds with deliberation; it is to discern what is evil
by the use of reason and yet commit it deliberately. He sits
in the chair of perverse counsel. He takes pleasure at
accomplishing evil after deliberation. Sins that are
deliberately sought out are the most serious sins. Such people
become the princes of evildoers.
St. Gregory the Great: Pastoral
Care, Chapter 32, Part III