Be fearful of little sins.
Take alarm at even an evil thought, wish, or desire.
These are the germs of sin - the floating seeds
which drop into the heart, and, finding in our natural
corruption a fat and favorable soil, spring up into
These, like the rattle of the snake and the hiss of the
serpent, reveal the presence and nearness of danger.
The experience of all holy men proves that sin is most
easily crushed in the bud, and that it is safer to flee
from temptation than to fight it.