"Against those who, trusting to the mercy of God, live heedlessly, without doing good works. As the two sources of our sins are pride and sloth, God has revealed to us two of His attributes to cure them, mercy and justice.
The property of justice is to humble pride, however holy may be our works, et non intres injudicium, etc.; and
the property of mercy is to combat sloth by exhorting to good works, according to that passage: "The goodness of God leadeth to repentance, and that other of the Ninevites: "Let us do penance to see if peradventure He will pity us."
[On November 23, 1654, Pascal experienced a "definitive conversion" during a vision of the crucifixion:
"From about half-past ten in the evening until about half-past twelve … FIRE … God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, and not of the philosophers and savants. Certitude. Certitude. Feeling. Joy. Peace."
He recorded the experience (called the "Mémorial") on a piece of parchment, which he carried with him the rest of his life, sewed inside his coat...]