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Spiritual pleasures ⋙ carnal pleasures. Yes, intellectual and especially spiritual pleasures are greater than carnal/sexual/bodily pleasures, St. Thomas shows in Ia IIae, q.31, a.5. This explains what attracts the religious to leave the world by taking vows of poverty and chastity/celibacy. Spiritual pleasures more enduring Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.'s ...

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