Sin | Uncertainty | Compromise

“ . . . O God, Your goodness, Your great tenderness, wipe away my faults” (Psalms 51:1).

A sixteenth-century legend has it that Francis de Sales was approached by a woman who asked, “Is it a sin to use rouge?” To which the sixteenth-century saint replied, “Well, some theologians say it’s all right; others disagree.” Not satisfied, the woman pressed for a more definitive answer. Francis smiled and said, “Why not follow a middle course, and rouge only one cheek?”

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