In consequence, they go from one confessor to another, change their convictions with hardly a shadow of motive, and are tortured by an overshadowing dread that sin lurks in everything they do, and say, and think.

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Hence they are to guard against the reading of ascetical books of a rigorist trend and any intercourse with those afflicted in the same way as themselves.

If the source of their scruples be ignorance -- for example, with regard to the obligation of some commandment -- they are to be instructed, discretion being used in the imparting of the necessary information.

As a rule, the confessor's answers to the innumerable troubles submitted should be clear, unaccompanied by reasons, and so unhesitating as to inspire courage.

He should not permit the presentation indefinitely of the various doubts, much less, of course, the repetition of past confessions.

Alphonsus describes it as a condition in which one influenced by trifling reasons, and without any solid foundation, is often afraid that sin lies where it really does not.

This anxiety may be entertained not only with regard to what is to be done presently, but also with regard to what has been done.

They are to treat their unhappy penitents in general with great kindness.

Occasionally, however, some degree of severity may be useful when the penitent shows an extreme tenacity in adhering to his own unreasonable view of the situation.

If it be a propensity to melancholy, certain harmless pleasures and rational enjoyments may be employed with advantage.