Concordance for A new treatise on the duty of a Christian towards God : being an enlarged and improved version of the original treatise / written by J.B. de La Salle ; translated from the French by Mrs. J. Sadlier.

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8. or the purpose and work are sufficiently explained in the Preface to the to be s
9. s Mass, both b^mg considered essentially necessary to make the book complete. Mo
10. n^, which the man of never treat lightly, (food «ens« persuaded as he must be
11. its IhehL' j)oint8 might be irreparably consequences ! The that 1^ idea of my e
12. at 1^ idea of my existence is so closely allied with lliat of Gtod, latter. is I
13. orced to return to Let the passions only be silent, and all men tliin I will ran
14. useful to we publish New Treatise fitly on the Duty of discharging it. the Chri
15. his faith and of his future hope solidly established, and will ed kn( by the exa
16. all which reigns throughout, necessarily suppose a wise and powerful cause. men
17. ho is I 1 who ia wisdom itself, has only given these faculties to man to the rec
18. the necessity of a religion, that Vainly will is to say, a con- of MM. nexion of
19. ge, but I/TTRODUCTION. He it* infinitely just, and therefore wills what and if c
20. led him mto being. Can a father possibly dispense wd;h the love and lespect ? wh
21. e we ought to love Him He ; b infinitely good, we ought therefore to attach ours
22. ceived He desires to render us eternally require of us worship happy has He not
23. ence also of a Being oi whom he entirely depends, shows him nVTRODIKJTION. vhtLt
24. stency which can desires •ight to only arise either from ignorance or licentio
25. d its its spirituality, and consequently, are immortality. Such being the fear,
26. desires, I choose rather to believe only what may be that time will not be given
27. ear it by God himself, and that not only from the ; of punishment, but by the ob
28. ubject —the steadfast friend. Not only does it proit hibit the usurpation of t
29. nce with him who in is want; it not only condemns murder and revenge, but ; enjo
30. have themselves will instruct unhappily deserted the path of virtue. Read none
31. ice, raillery for proof. Shun bad comFly from pany, which cannot to corrupt your
32. name, and which tradition has invariably attributed to them. The word Symbol sig
33. rd is composed of the speaks of the Holy Ghost, tiie Church, the remission of si
34. to recite it often, but more especially when we rise in the morning, so as to t
35. ^I : ! ! Christians have been frequently heard to cry out, amid most fearful tor
36. ng our i that all it can but imperfectly conceive spiritual things, and hence it
37. no doubt that their authors were really those to whom they are attributed, that
38. bernacle counted. —and was religiously preserved in the the words, nay, even t
39. iititude of persons, all conscientiously bound to preserve the* integrity of the
40. y. The other books contained in the Holy Bible have the saine marks of authentic
41. enticity, and all of them are so closely connected that the facts related in tho
42. elated in those last written necessarily suppose the events described in the pre
43. d by prophecies which time has literally fulfilled they must, therefore, have be
44. rning heat of the sun, and their nightly path illumined by a pillar of flame aga
45. solemn festivals, established expressly to perpetuate their memory, can neither
46. or called in quesThe people consequently tion by the most incredulous. were so c
47. g, but who, in an assured tone, publicly declare that such and such events will
48. that such and such events will certainly come to pass at the time, in the place,
49. ts so distant, and then so little likely to happen, if it was not Him who is the
50. on the same foundations, and is equally incontestible. The New Testament contai
51. this point, yet they were comparatively near to the times of the --.itttiw'-*
52. QISTIAN ,,-ir Apostles, and consequently withM) reach of the truth. So whose int
53. ority of these divine books, have openly acknowledged their authenticity, conten
54. these books, causing them to be publicly read in aU Che assemblies of religion ;
55. word of God, and emanating from the Holy Spirit, and as such that no one could e
56. ither to beg of you to u tell us clearly what think of God.'' The philoso- go, a
57. s were hearing from the philosopher only the same words, and they demanded to kn
58. t, touched by the eloquence of that holy man, oft4)n as his occupation |)ermitte
59. on Sundays to led aU them became slowly awakened conversion to tears : to the t
60. which they sang in church The same holy doctor said " Oh, my God there is nothi
61. othing in the world affects me so deeply as to hear thy voice speaking through t
62. s all others. may ever feast on thy holy word, for the delights I thence receive
63. I thence receive are aU chaste and holy. Vouchsafe also to grant that I may nev
64. ays." God. lin, and ht days es were )nly the EXISTENCE OF 60D. there is a God, i
65. t? Who /i — ; 18 meiit, DUTY and daily renew ? Of TUB CHMSTIAN mosl their maje
66. contains within its bosom who, but only God, can l)e ho author of all these won
67. ehold a magnificent palace, we instantly conclude that some able architect must
68. egard the speaker as a fool ? What folly it is then to say that the universe was
69. rse was formed by chance alone ? Finally, let us consider ourselves, and we shal
70. work so admirable ? But we have not only a body, we have also a soul that soul i
71. heni )y turns id ; we would, undoubtedly, be alwa} sjflad mid joyous, nevei Bad
72. and Ainiighty Master on whom wo entirely depend, and who disposes of u^ -^f hia
73. the involuntary "testimony ii naturally (Jh -istian," according to the words of
74. Power. Nations have been founi' utterly ignorant of arts and sciences, but none
75. n be no arbitrary convention it can only be the effect of a light which shines o
76. am ecclesiastic : Sir," said he abruptly, " examining that strange being which t
77. d by tliese words, the young man hastily withdrew. Merault. ARTICLE I believe in
78. d is it not evident that being supremely great, he must be alone in his power, f
79. om there is nothing more. There can only be one being wl^o is infinitely perfect
80. can only be one being wl^o is infinitely perfect that is to say, possessing all
81. to sin. him from that moment man clearly understood that thero — »«*^"'W«WW
82. " of spy- glass coxcomb. . pure and holy religion, which formed for a time and p
83. ed to them. Nor was this excess of folly and bhndness confined solely to rude an
84. ss of folly and bhndness confined solely to rude and barbarous nations, for on t
85. nd science, and yet they were profoundly ignoraiit of the nature of the Divinity
86. rthy of notice, though we could scarcely believe it were not the proofs of it in
87. ugh the most absurd of all, was not only the most universal, but also the most d
88. most universal, but also the most deeply-rooted, and the most incorrigible. Some
89. he unity of God, but they never publicly inculcated their belief Mankind should
90. r earliest childhood these high and holy truths which t>« sages of pagan antiqu
91. I were able to tell you what God really is, God should God be no longer what he
92. ne can explain what he is, and that only to iiimself — ARTICLE V \t i'(' / bel
93. and what he is. know him but imperfectly, by the Hght of faith and by that of re
94. he highest God is and a being infinitely perfect is not material. The angels and
95. arth and He it is, in fine, who annually presents to our admiring gaze, the resu
96. asure to whomsoever he pleases supremely happy, he has need of no onc^ being suf
97. CHBISTIAN we It is God. are continually and universally dependent oa He who pre
98. is God. are continually and universally dependent oa He who preserves and susta
99. rent stages of life, passes successively from strength to weakness, from health
100. nite. In his very nature he is supremely perfect. Thus God is not only good, but
101. supremely perfect. Thus God is not only good, but iiifitiitc'ly good he is not
102. God is not only good, but iiifitiitc'ly good he is not only just, but infinitel
103. d, but iiifitiitc'ly good he is not only just, but infinitely just and ^o with a
104. good he is not only just, but infinitely just and ^o with all the other perfecti
105. erefore, certain that we are continually under the eyes of God He hears all our
106. igh over all that would oppose it vainly does he fly from his own heart, and has
107. that would oppose it vainly does he fly from his own heart, and hasten away fro
108. at invisible monitor, who is incessantly reminding him oi' the enormity of his c
109. nd find for doctor, "make him this oeply me a place where God cannot see me but
110. n them. This providence watches not only over kingdoms and empires its attention
111. d without the knowledge of your heavenly Father: yea, even the hairs of your hea
112. his overruling providence which annually covers the earth with crops, makes the
113. wants of all creatures with a care truly It is it which feeds the birds of the a
114. e to God, or in the least All is equally easy to indisturb His unalterable repos
115. b His unalterable repose. If a king only occupies himself finite power and wisdo
116. l — m -if' limited intelligence, apply himself to smaller 4|||b could not matt
117. ose " God wills it, and He wills it only for my times to say good may His holy n
118. ly for my times to say good may His holy name be blissed !" If He sometimes perm
119. in want, whilsl the impious and ungodly revel in abundance, it is because and i
120. h : ; test, so that he may magnificently in the other life, and because he knows
121. onfide in providence, and to look solely to the goodness of God for all that is
122. is earth with J I with fruit, care truly the fishes " Consider the birds of the
123. ?" It is then an insult to our heavenly Father to murmur and Let us repine, and
124. infamous old men to commit sin. The holy woman blushing at their shameless propo
125. t escape your revenge, and I see plainly that you will speedily procure my death
126. and I see plainly that you will speedily procure my death. But I fear God, and s
127. nst her by these ; — ; ht at those ily for my sometimes ant, whilst is tt beca
128. uffered that death to which their unholy vengeance would have consigned her whom
129. t> < M. de Chantal, having been mortally wounded in the by the imprudence of a f
130. in God, ^c, 6fC, THE MYSTERY OF THE HOLY TRINITY. Although God is substantially
131. Y TRINITY. Although God is substantially but one, there are never- God the Fathe
132. r- God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and this is what is called the M
133. t is called the Mystery of the most Holy Trinity. It was God himself who reveale
134. voice of the Father was heard, publicly recognising him as His beloved Son, and
135. ing him as His beloved Son, and the Holy Spirit was seen to descend upon theless
136. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, showing thereby that tJiese fest
137. host, showing thereby that tJiese festly declared three persons are equal, since
138. aven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit, and these three are to all *he
139. and end with the invocation of the Holy Trinity, and the sign of the cross whic
140. the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Although the divine nature then
141. ons of which it is composed are entirely distinct, one from the other the Son is
142. er but not the same person, and the Holy Ghost, although he h also the same God
143. s the Father and the Son, is yel equally distinct from ih. Tiiese three persons
144. ree persons are not three Gods, but only one, because they have but one and the
145. " Three Gods make but one God" but only "Three persons forming but one God." Ne
146. three persons of the (xodhead are purely spiritual. The first person of this ado
147. all eternity, and the third is the Holy Ghost who proceeds from the Father and
148. o the authority of God. It is not merely in things which relate to God that our
149. e their eyes, and they shal' soe clearly what now they can neither penetrate nor
150. ike the Son, it : il'V and like the Holy Spirit, it has love. Like the Father, t
151. . Like the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, it has in its being, its intelli
152. sepai «ble happy for it, if it can only preserve and secure its own happiness.
153. r.-) WARDS OUD. 81 in- Q t should merely and impious, but the other was both pio
154. d, although there is but one God ? Truly it is a strange thing, and I think one
155. to believe what they " I believe firmly," returned the do not understand !" " t
156. at there is but one God, in three really distinct other, persons, each of whom i
157. ing thus, I act not as a fool, assuredly, but as a wise man should !" " Prove th
158. ow of a present of beauty shades clearly ? 1. "To Auof ••i, St. fruit )ve re
159. d what that difference is?" ** Certainly not," was the reply, " we have so many
160. ce is?" ** Certainly not," was the reply, " we have so many reasons for believin
161. to believe in the existence of the Holy Trinity, and in all the other mysteries
162. all the mysteries ot faith, is divinely demonstrated go and learn them of her I
163. nd as he We — ! !really is. ! (ill y,\ n DUTY OF TUB CHRISTIAN
164. not alwayi and this fact is sufficiently manifest, being proved in various ways.
165. d of creation, us determined by the Holy Scriptures, we see that every thing com
166. o tell us tiiat the world had previously existed. The book which ccistod, — re
167. of himself, and nothing existed but only himself. At the moment when he willed i
168. orth from nothing he created them solely by his word and by his " God spoke" say
169. esigned to show HE tliat he is supremely free, and acts without any restraint, i
170. arid and sterile surface became suddenly a smiling land> : made" mM '•1 of cre
171. iny. irth, and being formed, God Finally, resolved to give all the other creatur
172. ecause they are destined to be eternally happy in possessing him. ARTICLE Althou
173. de the angeli in heaven,*' says the Holy Scripture, " and he created an innumera
174. e angels were created free, consequently all could have remained faithful and me
175. and would become his equal. the heavenly spirits followed his example, but a far
176. s these wicked — great, powerful, holy, where they ; I I e made,** le angela e
177. l these blesseol but we ought especially to honour our guardian anWe learn from
178. smallest child has one of these heavenly spirits lo guard and guide it What a co
179. f a wayfaring young man, who immediately offered to be his guide. When they had
180. hey had arrived near Rages, the heavenly conductor informed Tobias that God will
181. evil should befall him if he would only take his advice, which Tobias faiththe
182. e his advice, which Tobias faiththe holy Example. —After the man fiiUy did. Ga
183. oke ese blesseoi lardian anthat even ily J sum which he owed Tobias, and after a
184. s during his journey, whereupon the holy his iifi for us to old man was instantl
185. his iifi for us to old man was instantly restored to sight. !, It ;or sent by le
186. e was pleased to receive them favourably therefore, and be cause you were pleasi
187. atical of what our guardian angels daily do for us. ; : When it*-! ( ^ I 'l ;* i
188. himself before creating hira (imediately Bar Rages, od willed one of hia A^as st
189. STIAN I form but one and the same family, loving each otlier na the children of
190. does not consist of a material body only he has a soul capable of thinking and o
191. : — We — ; m It is ARTICLE not only the faithful of the IIL or THE SPIRITUA
192. existence, for, 39 he has soul whose ly ; live forevor had a stag ! was fter fe
193. d a stag ! was fter fed at having highly most assuredly that which thinks within
194. fter fed at having highly most assuredly that which thinks within us, which medi
195. as it will also be ours if we faithfully observe the commandments which the Lord
196. rtality of tlie soul, has been generally received by all the nations of the worl
197. ays? the happiest? Alas! we see by daily experience that the cjntrary is the cas
198. the just unhappy. It is then absolutely necessary that order should be re estab
199. uent immortality, is to falsify not only the belief and the opinion of all natio
200. gth which enables them to bear patiently the sufferings and afflicit is, moreove
201. E FALL OF When man was gifts, just, holy, forth from the hands of his Creator, h
202. misli merit of I? We m:iv the soul, ily and the belief and it common nations, a
203. ment^ so easy to be observed, especially at that time when man was still innocen
204. religion the dogma to which she entirely refers, because that sin, which is the
205. us from slavery. — dogmas most clearly set forth in the Sacred Scripture. Tlie
206. forth in the Sacred Scripture. Tlie holy King David says himself that he was bor
207. its it in every possible way. It is only the doctrine of original sin which can
208. his image so that it can now be scarcely, All that there if at all, recognised.
209. y He cann.e from his hands just and holy, clcrnally happy. find it rested with h
210. from his hands just and holy, clcrnally happy. find it rested with himself to r
211. 3me nobU> d vice are work of I scarcely, example degrading because I was naked,
212. the woman also he said " I will multiply thy sorrows, and thy conceptions in sor
213. pment, and for repeating it more clearly, and in a more explicit manner. In fact
214. h God had given to Adam was subsequently confirmed by that made to Abraham, who
215. teii 4ft Idst of the not eat, peculiarly consecrated to the worship of Baid the
216. tened from above, predicted more clearly the coming of the Liberator promised fr
217. ie tinie of his to be born of the family of Juda, and appearance was indicated w
218. the power of working miracles. That holy man, having guided the people even to t
219. alled the Internal Justice, and the Holy of Holies, was to and also of the perio
220. and confusion of idol- God was entirely forgotten, and the devil adored under d
221. s ; all the pa9«- U' which it so highly favoured, had in their turn served supp
222. od had resolved to versal, and so firmly believed. destroy the empire of th devi
223. d conie into the world. David, that holy and inspired king, is one of those who
224. was, on the contrary, to come gloriously forth. Tins prediction is the more rema
225. more remarkable that it was made, fully a thousand years \ " the period of its
226. re age, the prince of peace, and finally, he styles him Emmanuel. " His reign sh
227. himself up to be slaughtered, peacefully as a lamb." The prophet adds that by hi
228. hich it was to continue, he was suddenly elevated by the spirit of God to higher
229. nought but horror and confusion the holy the people who city and the sanctuary s
230. hall con* tinue even to the end. Finally, Malachy, the last of the prophets, pre
231. ing to the setting of the sun ; not only amongst the Jews, hut also the Gentiles
232. in the new jacrifices prophet, the holy pie wh/) ion shall In order to convince
233. fact that this Divine Saviour is really the Messiah foretold by the prophets, w
234. place at the coming of Christ. have only to bring together the' prophecies and t
235. expectation of the Messiah was generally diffused, not only through Judea, but o
236. Messiah was generally diffused, not only through Judea, but over all the East. T
237. salem, and to adore the Lord in his holy house. This prudent minister was on his
238. tized Phillip answered that he certainly might, provided that he believed with a
239. The ceremony once over, Phillip quickly disappeared, and the officer continued
241. t minister rand, )f when it Isaiah, only Son of God, the Word, who existed from
242. was made man, nor neither is it the Holy Ghost, but it is the Son, the second pe
243. Son, the second person of the Most Holy eternity in the Trinity. The hasten aft
244. High, through the operation of the Holy Ghogt. The Blessed Virgin believed the
245. he Incarnation was accomplished the Holy Ghost formed within her the body of Jes
246. OP THE CHRISTIAIf r ''ill! Thus the only Son of Ctod the person of the Son of Go
247. follows that the Bbssed Virgin is really the Mother of God, having Mary, althoug
248. cor.ceived by the operation of tlte Holy Ghost. Tnus, Jesus Christ, as man, has
249. se equal : There is in Jesus Christ only one person, but there is. are in him tw
250. standing that this mystery is infinitely beyond the reach of the human mind, yet
251. mind, yet we ought to believe it firmly, because God, who is the sovereign trut
252. of our nature with this difference only, that ho submitted to them by his own f
253. as as man that Jesus Christ suffall only on humanity fered, and it was as God th
254. he " that the divine had be( n carefully instructed, he would »','!.•(.', and
255. other of iron, which, although entirely distinct in their nature, will yet make
256. to God a sufficient satisfacIt was only the tion, nor could he then merit forgi
257. rcy the injury done to God is abundantly reare reconciled paired, and God is hon
258. , by his perfect holiness, is infinitely j)leasing This to Him whom He would pro
259. nal could do would be still immeasurably beBut if the son of the neath the magni
260. S'l i'i satisfaction or reparation fully proportionate to the greatness of the o
261. greatness of the offended person, amply covers the offence, and that the king,
262. to the offender. Well this is precisely what God has done for us through the In
263. si 55 .M, ''. :. offence, satisfac* only the vho was man and lie. By punished id
264. man and lie. By punished id mercy ,ntly re- st Medius by he has a o reconslf Go
265. e, by one nor any Y of the nee; all ably beof the larer of it man's 3ne, lay ad
266. ehensible favour it was to give his only Son for our redem])tion And what gratit
267. alling Mary, the Mother of God, publicly approved of this heretical proposition,
268. to be styled the Mother of God, but only mother of Jesus Christ. These errors we
269. and his heretical doctrine were formally condemned in the general council of Eph
270. ch was couched in these words " The Holy Council, assembled by the grace of God
271. e of ecclesiastical dignity, by the Holy Council, according to the laws and rule
272. reth to Bethlehem, whence their fjiniily had There it was that, in the year of t
273. pay for admission to an mn. Was speedily announced by the angels to some shepher
274. ght. " Glory to God ** sang the heavenly messengers, making known the joyful tid
275. and on that and St. Joseph, conformably to the command which they had receiveu
276. red or anointed, not that he was visibly consecrated by hands, but by reason of
277. where the chil was to be found, falsely saying that he, too, would wish to ador
278. being warned by an angel that Herod only sought to kill the infant, they returne
279. n country. ! ' TOWARDS GOD. nd Mary mily had le world the dead f Joseph His birt
280. of what exloves, being the gifts usually made by the poor mples of humility and
281. two years — its v^ > d on that niably lo »d of age, whom tlius to he could f
282. ; hence Jesus was called through visibly contempt, the Nazarean, )ostatical The
283. chil wish to )iind the dncense, rod only way to to Jerusalem to celebrate the fe
284. the river Jordan at which time tho Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of
285. , Jesus Christ was conducted by tho Holy Ghost into the desert, where he fasted
286. the Infant Jesus. Bow down respectfully before her, and say with all possible f
287. on quitting the desert began immediately to promulgate that New Law which he cam
288. s Christ brought into the world is truly admirable, forming a body of doctrine s
289. ghl/our and 'to himself: it is perfectly adapted to man, as considered in the bo
290. umstance and situation and rt is equally : suited to all countries and to all ti
291. nd alleviating them a& power lies surely such a society would be a : 'lid •.;;
292. : 'lid •.;;>.:! •,..s*' : lediately to such would be a state peace, which i
293. idered in There would be seen none truly unhappy, because nont would be wicked.
294. pier futurity, and even death would only be regarded as the transit from tempora
295. ;,>*.:« — ;^tr- very possiis equally closest exto confess trial paradise." r
296. the ReHeenior, " those who can kill only th«i body but ratlier fear Hini who ca
297. sider the birds of the air, thy heavenly Father feeds them," says he again, " an
298. in, " and behold how he clothes the lily of the fields. Do good — forgive, tha
299. vMaK—.^ TOWARDS GOD. precept; ill only ihn ; 61 y und soul that thou luo befor
300. lusiast, or and grace IS ! Hom' blindly prejudiced muat cannot be mistaken. who
301. d example? The death of Socrates, calmly talking philosophy with his friends, is
302. istory contained in the Gospel is merely a fictitious narrative ? Ah not s"<^.h
303. lied bread in the desert so as to supply food for the great multitude M'hich luu
304. ents but their investigation served only to confirm the truth of , : m , .',V.-.
305. eneniies> and therefore the most likely to be incredulous as to his power ; but
306. GE, often must then conclude, and boldly declare that the ml racles of Jesus Chr
307. racles of Jesus Christ were sufficiently numerous and sufliciently splendid to p
308. e sufficiently numerous and sufliciently splendid to prove that he was the Messi
309. e people, filled with admiration, loudly proclaimed " Behold " said they, " this
310. ed " Behold " said they, " this is truly ! seeing or Liord who was to come into
311. DFTY OF THE CHRFSTIAN ! .-,. fe Not only did our Lord himself perform many mirac
312. d the effect of these marvels is plainly visitOe. It was by these means that the
313. erfect accuracy events the most unlikely to come to pass. To this is added mirac
314. oeara, : id-' 'ii** U you are absolutely decided not to yield to the authorit}'
315. ditate on his actions, t^e more strongly are we impressIt was his pleasure ed wi
316. h in his conduct. His mildness was truly admirable, so that it was written of hi
317. above all, the Pharisees, whom he openly r*^ proached for their hypocrisy and pr
318. of the sick wherewith he was continually overwhelmed. He was loaded with insult
319. displayed a patience and fortitude truly divine withstanding the extreme torment
320. f heart." He chose to be born of a lowly mother ; he passed thirty years in obsc
321. iracles. In him, detachment from worldly wealth, went BO far as the absolute lov
322. e absolute love of poverty ; he not only his children, — — ; ; ; ; ; ; — T
323. him, since his perfect holiness plainly manifested that he was sent* by God. ce
324. d that he was sent* by God. certain holy man was accustomed to say consulted him
325. be placed, and your life shall be truly angelic !" m i.,'i . t" ii Example. —
326. to console and strengthen him. Scarcely had Jesus finished his prayer, when Jud
327. ds and clubs, to apprehend him. The wily traitor went directly up to Jesus, and
328. hend him. The wily traitor went directly up to Jesus, and kissed him, being the
329. rtal anas bathed he found lis prayer, ly Father! e, )\ — never- was then udas,
330. hen udas, who mob after sup- of a , wily being the The whom he even then he addr
331. .** At these words tiiey a'l'i e quickly answered, " I am he." ail foil to the g
332. t solemn manner to say whether he really was the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus a
333. erved death. This sentence was instantly confirmed by the chief priests and scri
334. :, .; f. • fHi" ji* '-,*f(|ijilj holy name. Whilst Jesus was undergoing all t
335. g forth from the placd, he wept bitterly. Meanwhile Jesus, in the hands of his e
336. uestioned Jesus, and found him perfectly innocent of all crime, told the Jews to
337. he the Jews would not hear of any merely trifling punishment, so that Pilate was
338. ok the resolution of having him severely scourgad, in order to excite the compas
339. im to assist in carrying We can scarcely understand why they did so, the cross).
340. kingdom ; whereii{)oii Josiis .speedily assured him He then This day thou shall
341. vnlh me in paradise" prayed his heavenly Father to forgive his executioners, i n
342. hich was to be spent in prayer^ not only auring the day, but a part of the night
343. ake the brief rest which tlie rules only allowed. She showed her every where tha
344. e the slightest fault must be rigorously punished, &im, &c. and then she asked h
345. h to suffer here; one thing, see plainly however, consoles me, and that is, that
346. fect on the minds of tlw Jews a few only, following the example of the Roman cen
347. h a large stone, in presence of the holy women who Imd aocompanied them. By the
348. m soul or body, but remained inseparably united with both. Jesus Christ submitte
349. to St. Elzear, Count to you ?" His reply was of Avian, in Provence, by his virtu
350. pt in a state of expectation. These holy souls lovec. and praised God, looking f
351. e sin of our first parents, and was only to be opened by the death and resurrect
352. esus Christ. In the presence of Lis holy soul united to his divinity, the spirit
353. n which they had so long and so ardently desired nevertheless, they did not asce
354. you are preparing yourself for the holy communion," said a saintly personage to
355. for the holy communion," said a saintly personage to his disciples, " endeavour
356. his beatified presence They wero solely occupied with contemplating him. Renoun
357. his soul and body) came forth gloriously f'oni tlie tomb whereupon an angel desc
358. lling sat fell to the giound, apparently dead. When they recovered, however, the
359. John hastened thithe", and finding only t!ie graveclotijes, tiiey returned to t
360. one, Our Loid appeared to the other holy women wiio staid behind in th'i garden.
361. aving appeared to St. Peter. Immediately Jesus stood in their midst, spoke to th
362. self, that Jonas, in the whale's i»elly, was the figure of his own body cast in
363. Messiah: " Tliou wilt not that thy Holy One should undergo the corruption ©f t
364. tles regarding this great event can only be contested in two ways, that is to sa
365. e deceived il', for example, they really saw nothing when they imagined tliat th
366. d, their malady must have been precisely the same in all and their minds must ha
367. ved, imagine that he sees what he really does not see 6v he may mistake one obje
368. hing is altogether improbable may easily be mistaken in the identity of We i hav
369. egard to a pei ion whom we had perfectly known, wnom we have repeatedly seen fac
370. perfectly known, wnom we have repeatedly seen face to face, and with whom we hav
371. om we have conversed long and frequently. A single sense may sometimes be deceiv
372. cal certainty, founded as it principally is, on the conformity of a person whom
373. us senses. These premises once generally conceded. established, let us apply the
374. ally conceded. established, let us apply them to the naiTative of the Apostles,
375. e years his followers, appeared not only to one of them, i)ut to several amongst
376. ngst They tell us, then, that pei-fectly well, . -X !," *•, now to one, now to
377. ved at the s.-ime time, and in precisely the snme manner; that they all fancied
378. enough to convince them, they did really believe that Jesus Christ arose from th
379. ad no faith. Those men would undoubtedly be exceedingl}^ base, who being determi
380. om they knew to be an impostor. Not only would such men be guilty in the extreme
381. the with the Apostles, who, immediately after the death of Jesus Christ, commen
382. so many adversaries interested not only in disputing these facts, but in publis
383. d, if victory they could obtain Men only expose themselves to great danger, or s
384. e resurrection of Christ, it was utterly opposed to their own interest, as far a
385. ct from him ? Were they not sutticiently acquainted with the hatred of the Jews
386. that torture and dea< wo'iM be the only fruits of their obstinacy ? But supposi
387. ot all the arise in every human assembly. disciples are put to the tortuic, and
388. life and rich rewards if they will only cease to give ti^stimony of Jesus Chris
389. were tiie orders given and how secretly the pussword w kept; the gu-irds well k
390. tlio Ryiiagoguo, and is it tiien likely that they would have engaged in such an
391. re not these men punished? mii-aculously delivered from the prison whereiji he h
392. found at their post, and the doors duly closed. Now the disappearance of Christ
393. diout a word and then when it was boldly declared that Jesus Christ had risen ag
394. pretended carrying otT; people were only prohil)ited from speaking in the name o
395. st after his resurrection appeared onily to his own disciples? — If it ' . •
396. suppose that a fact is not sufficiently demonstrated, if every proof that an op
397. t, ,''' •''i*-\. " it has been really and distinctly demonstrahas it been so
398. *-\. " it has been really and distinctly demonstrahas it been so ttie testimony
399. on of Jesus Christ, and consv<3qiio;)tly of his divinity, and the truth of all t
400. s taught miracles, since ted ? and truly ; , *:• " • i« 'I ' •: '''• -
401. ceived themselves in their search. Truly they had VVhat have you said? Unhappy a
402. ible that you cast yourselves BO blindly into the depths of detestable malice ?
403. must be — i] :..•.. •;•' really asleep ing witnesses when you bring for
404. oncealed him from their view and quickly there appeared to them two angels, wlw
405. ' % in our ing njorcy for us, if we only labour to apply it" flouls, than that o
406. jorcy for us, if we only labour to apply it" flouls, than that of our crimes in
407. has B supreme dominion over us, not only because that he created DS and preserve
408. .,•'•;.'• -. ';. t" '.»' F inally, Jesus Christ is in heaven as our head,
409. ''*vA ">'/ A J .; . ' if'j >-• ;* holy desires, and all good works, in short a
410. HE CHRISTIAN the pilgrim'^ge of the Holy Land in a most edifying After having co
411. ombed and rose from the dead and finally, to the top of Mount Olivet, whence, af
412. that thou hast quitted it Permit me only to follow thee to that heaven where tho
413. e to that heaven where thou art Scaicely was the prayer uttered, when it was gra
414. pronounced ou a sentence which we daily see carried Nothing is more certain tha
415. n shall the time and the manner suddenly or of a lingering disease ? Shall we ha
416. eme old age? Alas none can tell the only sin or in the state of grace ? of our d
417. in a state that death decides all taljly fixed and that if we die in of gruee we
418. we die in of gruee we shall be eternally happy mortiil sin, we shall be everlast
419. y mortiil sin, we shall be everlastingly wretched. Since death is inevitable, an
420. test, nay, which remains to us. our only interest, for, says Jesus Christ, "What
421. i'ge fortune while here on earth ? Truly, he will then see the extent of his err
422. ave been the master of the greatest only solid wealth. wnpire in the world" said
423. ions he has conquered !" ; ; ; ! usually gather the echo of life. mmi ...,;,-,i,
424. be death pursues us, and will inevitably strike us down, perhaps at the moment w
425. coming. Let us, therefore, make a daily preparation, since any day may be the t
426. n under any illusion on a point so truly important : let ss not put off till the
427. s not then the sinner who as he possibly could ? quits sin, it is sin, on the co
428. sequence is, that God- almost invariably permits those who have lived impenitent
429. eing well aware that death will speedily "V . ''•, '!' '• /i? ' v. * .'I con
430. ual, in going hence, bears with him only hia works; and then how pleasant it is
431. n expression of gratitude which sensibly affected the whole community. " How gre
432. h how sweet it is to die when one firmly hopes to pass from earth to heaven Oh t
433. to see God, we must die V : me Bcai'cely seven years old ! ARTICLE "It die, is I
434. \w. immortality of the sou' necessarily supposes a judgfor assuredly the just i
435. necessarily supposes a judgfor assuredly the just is to decide its eternal fate
436. hich every soul must undergo immediately after death, regarding the evil which i
437. x its doom for all eternity. Immediately after this particular judgment, those s
438. lar judgment, those souls which are only found guilty of trifling faults shall b
439. who are free from all sin are instantly admitted into heaven while such as are
440. the air, and Jesus CJirist shall Hsibly descend from heaven, with great power a
441. had been most secret and most carefully concealed in the depths of the soul sha
442. med with confusion to see thus pul)licly manifested the vices and crimes which h
443. had Then shall vice appear as it really is, 80 carefully hidden. in all its nat
444. ice appear as it really is, 80 carefully hidden. in all its native deformity, an
445. roper inAt that moment how inexpressibly happy shall he be famy. who has turned
446. ! ''-1 ! M — seducing But that is only the array, and the prelude of the judgm
447. the Sovereign Judge All being profoundly silent, the Son of God shall address to
448. ar certain libertine, who had unhappily given Tims he is tl had been brought up
449. the judgment-seat of God. It is scarcely possible to conceive how great was his
450. of the S die sam pay hin follows jointly \ our and to all f t — ! — This Whi
451. appy I shall esteem myself If I can only appease my terrible Judge by the most r
452. he Father Almiglity, BELIEVE IN THE HOLY OHOST. It is not iiufficient to believe
453. who has created us; redeemed us, if Holy Ghost by whom we are sanctified. VVe ou
454. odhead a third person, which is the Holy Ghost that third person proceeds from t
455. as the two other persons. Tims the Holy (ihost is equal to the Father and the S
456. age and adoration. follows that the Holy Ghost is adored and glorified conjointl
457. Ghost is adored and glorified conjointly with the Father and the Son, and that w
458. words !" and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost This same Holy Spirit descended o
459. on, and to the Holy Ghost This same Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles on Whi
460. of ; ; : and it. Jesus Christ, his only Son, wlio has we do not at the same tim
461. . ' 'Ai' "'I nations. To it is the Holy Ghost diflTuses is particularly attribu
462. the Holy Ghost diflTuses is particularly attributed the sanctifi- is a spirit of
463. ich purifies them. It is, then, the Holy Ghost who imparts to us that grace, whi
464. in as much as it is united with the Holy Ghost, and is inhabited and animated by
465. od but through the influence of the Holy Ghost, and it can do nothing available
466. DUTY OF THE CHRI8TIAW ''rir: 'Hie Holy Ghost is called in Scripture the Spirit
467. leads to heaven, and gives ua " Thy Holy Spirit" says the pro. strength to walk
468. ght way, the end of which phet, The Holy Ghost speaks to us internally, to is sa
469. , The Holy Ghost speaks to us internally, to is salvation." Thua turn us away fr
470. nd inspire us to do good. it is the Holy Ghost that we resist when we cast off t
471. e. tlie — Simon the magician was early addicted to His enchantments and illusi
472. ia in order to impose hands on the newly-baptized who had been converted by the
473. operated on those who received the Holy Ghost, he dared to aspire to the power
474. at I also may be able to impart the Holy Ghost by the imposition of hands." But
475. ed to hehoUl such and Simon did ac ually ascend from the ; eartii, or rather he
476. o sustain the magician; he fell suddenly to the ffrouiid, all bruised and mangle
477. all bruised and mangled, and* instantly expired. From this Simon comes Jie word
478. and Peter • I . , (graces of the Holy Ghost. <, •I'l.' Lasauhhs. ,•::''*'
479. UI- *. > • . .. t BELIEVE IN THE HOLY -CATHOLIC CHURCH. •-; a Church, even
480. . The Apostles, having received the Holy Ghost went forth from the house wherein
481. rated by Baptism and renewed by the Holy Spirit, displayed to the world the rare
482. all men. Meanwhile, the Jews ohstinately resisted the spread of the Gospel, and
483. the spread of the Gospel, and furiously persecuted the disciples of Jesua Chris
484. l corruption of mankind, so long blindly devoted to a religion entirely sensual,
485. g blindly devoted to a religion entirely sensual, the Apostles founded the Churc
486. invincible patience, these men not only conceived such a design but carried it
487. lf, moreover, to the loss of all worldly goods and even life itself, this is wha
488. hat persuasion and conviction could only effect, and it is precisely what was ev
489. n could only effect, and it is precisely what was every where seen, in the estab
490. ould be just as strong, since it is only Omnipotence itself which could produce
491. ion so '1 '•" »- . 'f'.. successfully, that a statue had been erected to his
492. .'J |i>,»: adorer of idols and not only that, but he employed all hia eloquence
493. ng so. Victorinus began to read the Holy Scriptures, ajid having for some time a
494. ien," exclaimed Victorinus, " is it only within the inclosurc of four walls that
495. Simplician made him the same and a reply, and the other tlways put i\\ '.•» 1
496. implician at a time, too, when that holy man was least expecting hinj " Let us g
497. ician, transported with joy, immediately tooH truth was, that friends, as their
498. aloud, in presence of the whole assembly, his belief in those docNo trines which
499. ictorinus ! But every sound was speedily hushed, in order to permit him to speak
500. mit him to speak whereupon, he with holy fervour, repeated in a clear, distinct
501. h form the basis of our faith. Willingly would the people have taken him and car
502. n, he aoknowledged that he felt strongly moved to follow the example of Victorin
503. ing to the divine grace when Oe entirely ; it calls us, lest it may ;'. <"'.;' '
504. fearful torments were invented purposely for them they stretched them on the rac
505. ve for new torments. They were generally forbidden to hold converse with any one
506. >'•. ftf:,.' ^ Neither was it men only, who displayed such admirable onstancy
507. ge and of fortitude, which are, not only above human strength, It is impossible
508. to all that tyrants could devise ? Truly, their natural weakness must have been
509. and so violent. brought it triumphantly forth from the furious assaults of its
510. the whole world, after having furiously persecuted the disoules of Jesus Christ
511. f soldiers, to their place of as* eembly, and put th^ all to the sword. The prel
512. r he was not a cruel man and he secretly apprised the Catholics of the order giv
513. t home on that day, this intimation only They served to bring them together in g
514. IP. 'il- O '^-^ with my child, the only one that God hath given me, that both h
515. w with the woman. Valeas was exceedingly confused by this incident, and, being u
516. it the city, so that peac*j was speedily restored to the disciples of the Saviou
517. is Holyy because her doctrine ; is holy her sacraments are holy ; there are no
518. ctrine ; is holy her sacraments are holy ; there are no saints beyond her and be
519. ch by time nor space : ; too, is clearly ascertained, is which the true ; is in
520. ion. by Every one, therefore, can easily ascertain vi'hether he belongs to the t
521. the same mysteries, receiving implicitly confiding in the divine origin of the a
522. hat cles and his teachings. if that holy bishop had heard the doctrine which you
523. pared me so long, And he would instantly but to hear such things spoken V have t
524. kable words oath seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us " in order to make us
525. were no tribunal to decide dogmatically on what is to be believed, each of the
526. th the usages and ceremonies of the Holy Sacrifice, and to ; ; ; f 4-^ oi divine
527. f church, extends and has authority only over those who are submissive to the ch
528. d not at all over those who are entirely and openly separated from her communion
529. l over those who are entirely and openly separated from her communion, such as p
530. od ; whoever gathereth not with you only scattereth abroad ; I pray you, therefo
531. by whom he was ordained priest. The only way to preserve ourselves from — I '
532. hrase which has been (an that for nearly two centuries) so much abused as that o
533. vatioji, and yet no truth is more easily demonstrated. What we are about to say
534. from God, or rather he is God himreally the true one, 4 his the only I one whic
535. d himreally the true one, 4 his the only I one which comes from God, and the vir
536. even as'/^ . Is it not, then, perfectly natural for those ^' way, to warn those
537. oken so to others: we know how furiously the Pagans persecuted the Christians we
538. one say that all rolif^ions are equally good ? That would be to assert the gros
539. telligent being and his Creator secondly, he must be rash, denying incontestible
540. the entire world, facts which manifestly prove that God has spoken to men thirdl
541. prove that God has spoken to men thirdly, he must be the most intolerant of all,
542. is not less clear that there can be only one which is true only one which is ple
543. there can be only one which is true only one which is pleasing to God, or can le
544. st embrace to obtain salvation evidently that which gives the clearest proofs of
545. e successors of the Apostles. It is only the Catholic, Apostolic, and Roman Chur
546. s none obstinncy and bad faith. she only announces that Truth is one, even as Go
547. s God is onCf and that they who wilfully wander away from its path, are beyond t
548. edging while she does so that it is only He who sounds the depths of the heart w
549. ws, heretics and poor savages ? The Holy Scripture says nothing as to the fate o
550. should it brace it, they shall be justly condemned. happen that any one was invi
551. mned. happen that any one was invincibly ignorant, or had no means of discoverin
552. ring the truth, then we might reasonably hope that God would rather work a mirac
553. ity their condemnation, they imprudently abuse the means of salva* Either their
554. ch they as fools. nro unjust, and soU'ly dictated b^ tlie hatred towards the Chu
555. will never condemn tliose who sincerely seek the truth in order to embrace it,
556. rder to embrace it, as he will assuredly punish those with severity who have abu
557. , of course, replied that ftT»!s::redly one could save his soul in the Church,
558. the Church. All the members of a family labour for the advantage of tho whole,
559. of grace. Those siimers in whom the Holy Ghost does not abide by grace, are inde
560. ers of the Church, which are incessantly offered up for his return members of :
561. tice, the faithful on earth are not only united amongst Uicmselves, but also wit
562. e to remember me before God ? " The holy mar tyr replied, " I must remember all
563. •': BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF only in the Catholic Church that remission o
564. ns is found, God grants that favour only to those who become his children. It is
565. om original sin but as it too frequently happens that the baptismal innocence is
566. that the baptismal innocence is quickly lost, Jesus Christ has instituted a Sac
567. our sins and that promise is the purely the effect of his mercy is 6ole resourc
568. r of remitting sin " Receive ye the Holy Ohosl" said he to his Apostles " whose
569. en be retained." We should be more fully sensible of the value of this favour, i
570. e offend him because he is always freely. ready to pardon us ? should we be wick
571. eive ourselves in this matter infinitely good ? that abuse of his mercy is the c
572. God w^ho forgives all those who worthily approach him in the Sacrament of reconc
573. told him that perhaps \q did not clearly TOWARDS GOD. i 117 understand what he h
574. ng offended God, is of a nature entirely distinct from the grief arising from th
575. egan to contrition." breathe more freely, and sincerely thanked his master for h
576. ion." breathe more freely, and sincerely thanked his master for having so far en
577. ever end. There is no truth more clearly established in Holy Writ, nor more firm
578. o truth more clearly established in Holy Writ, nor more firmly maintained in all
579. stablished in Holy Writ, nor more firmly maintained in all ages, than this of th
580. very beginning. " I know," said the holy man Job an article of faith, that • .
581. and not another." But it is principally in •* tliat : my Redeemer I shall day
582. no.w Law that this truth is made clearly manifest. " The day come," said Jesus C
583. ast into the earth, decays therein, only {o come forth again fairer than at firs
584. ous qualities they shall arise> but only to be given up to torments endless in t
585. s St. Jerome, in the desert, continually fancied that he heard the last We have
586. ng Maccabees and their mother generously sufl^ered the most cruel torments rathe
587. ll never have an end. shall be eternally happy or eternally miserable, according
588. d. shall be eternally happy or eternally miserable, according as God has found u
589. lled purgatory y established temporarily to purify souls who are found guilty, a
590. shall be yours, and earth mine assuredly our shares are far from being equal," a
591. ed »» • I. ON PURGATORY. immediately after death, the its baptismal innocenc
592. to bo found at the final moment entirely free hence the necessity of a place fro
593. ese lighter faults, as well as to supply the want of penance which should have b
594. of the old Law, this truth was perfectly well known, and all who were at all ins
595. their sins." truth has been more clearly defined by the decisions of the Church,
596. n to be expiated, and that, consequently, they must be very great several of the
597. they differ from the pains of hell only in the term of their duration, and the
598. ce of in our sufferings ; you can easily do it the Holy Sacrifice, an alms, a pr
599. fferings ; you can easily do it the Holy Sacrifice, an alms, a prayer, the sacri
600. lgences and communions, and particularly by having the Holy SacCharity makes it
601. ons, and particularly by having the Holy SacCharity makes it a duty rifice offer
602. in heaven, and that most efl!icaciously they will become powerful protectors fo
603. of a basin or pond which he incessantly tried to The Saint, perceiving by this
604. icksands, where his life was continually ! . '• I ' " ' J * • '" . ':«.•
605. ombat it is a conquest which we can only make by vioUuice thoso who know how to
606. , and its gates obtained. If we are only open to innocence or to perfect penance
607. o perfect penance. busy ourselves solely with the vanities, goods, and pleaaureo
608. hing he does for God shall be abundantly recompensed that even a cup of cold wat
609. own country. Thither it is that he daily sends the treasure of his good works it
610. he adorns his «oui. possess If we only knew what the souls in heaven and enjoy
611. here glorify Our Lord, we would not only labour with assiduity in the work of sa
612. the same advantage, and more especially our own friends and relatives; that wou
613. ith his arms in hand " Ah if I were only worthy of obtaining that favour from my
614. id mass at five o'clock, and immediately repaired to his confessional. About two
615. tuosity of youth his voice was unusually loud and distinct ; his motions were so
616. d expired. The church was even unusually crowded, and th') consternation was sud
617. f torment whew wicked shall he eternally punished with the demons. This truth, l
618. ourse cl There the ''"* thoir disorderly passions, are blinded or corrupt ; they
619. terms sume the reprobate," says the Holy Ghost, " the worm which The of hell of
620. ellectual faculties, preying incessantly on all without ever destroying them." A
621. penitent should be of that man eternally punished; is in some measure eternal, a
622. " r,- Vt vi;- which mei'its consequently an eternity of punishment; 2nd, mortal
623. estial mansions a sinner who necessarily shuts himself out from heaven by wilful
624. huts himself out from heaven by wilfully dying in a state of final impenitence ?
625. n of avoiding sin which would inevitably lead you to perdition do not expose you
626. rather make the sacrifice of all worldly interests if you save your soul, all is
627. k of a very austere order, began to Nlly him on father you ! — heaven." — if
628. :'„ %• -Si ^- \ , • during thy ly . now he is in and Lazarus, on the cont
629. hjaiik from declaring their faith openly. One of the best means of showing that
630. al duties, title, is to make religiously upon ourselves august sign of the cross
631. her, and of the Son, and of ing Uie Holy Ghost." When making the sign of the ^ro
632. r us and the myitery of grace, by cax ly believe ! ; ; 1 " m^^ 130 ryinir the DU
633. signify again: by order of the Most Holy Tiinity will 1. . I do this in "...c;-^
634. ion with the assistance of the Most Holy T)inity acknowledging that I can do not
635. d the light which proceeds from the Holy Ghost. We should not fail to make the s
636. the cross at least ; obey it faithfully, and accomplish its honour of the Bless
637. orable Mas May the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost bless you, ten through the passio
638. , was heard the voice of God, distinctly pronouncing the ten "/ am the Lord thy
639. ho do not fear God are almost invariably miserable 2nd., that work clone on Sund
640. d 6th., that a rebellious and disorderly' child has never been a happy or a fort
641. s a we believe all What we call the Holy Scriptures are the the books vvhich hav
642. the inspiration of • TOWARDS OOD. Holy Ghost : 133 »'.«» Old and New Testam
643. condemned." Faith is then indispensably necessary in order to be justified and
644. cannot comprehend. We should frequently make acts of faith on the truths of our
645. acts of faith on the truths of our holy religion, in order to testify to God ou
646. e reach ol all To be a Christian we only require to be docile, and our iocility
647. s to sin against faith if we voluntarily doubt any of the truths which it teache
648. mble their faith before tyrants. Finally, we sin against faith when we neglect t
649. eby we believe on the word of God lively or practical faith, which is accompanie
650. faith, which makes us believe generally all the truths which the Church teaches
651. ght to believe certain truths distinctly, such as the Mysteries of the Most Holy
652. , such as the Mysteries of the Most Holy Trinity, the Incarnation, and the Redem
653. od himself; that happiness is infinitely above ourselves and our efforts, hence
654. ry to obtain it he has given us his only Son, to the end that whoever believes i
655. .*-.--'!/ That good Father requires only him our repentance revives all ; may re
656. nd that health, riches, and other wordly advantages may be injurious to our salv
657. ould often make acts thereof, especially when we find ourselves exposed to any t
658. taite pleasure in any thing, repeatedly inquired as but the devil, who JO the c
659. in," said he to himself, " that heavenly hope nourished me with the expectation
660. se of God, and immersed in the Oh lovely tabernacles of the heaocean of his plea
661. s of the heaocean of his pleasures venly courts shall I then never see you ?" He
662. sentiments of a reprobate was instantly granted the shades which had gathered o
663. had gathered over his mind were suddenly dispelled, and he was restored to his w
664. he is inflnitoan^ our neighbour as ourly good and infinitely amiable " This is t
665. r neighbour as ourly good and infinitely amiable " This is the first and greates
666. d us to Is he not, of himself, supremely amiable ; do love him ? not his infinit
667. ch we enjoy in the exercise of this holy love. Oh what pure and perfect joy what
668. But it is not loving God enough, merely to observe the first commandment ; we m
669. es. Thus, in the happy days of the early Christians, there was seen to reign iim
670. " how they soul. atjcomplish faithfully — ; ' nil *• •''? "f' . love each
671. ingle precept and, in fact, if we really love our nei^'hbour. ^e shall be very u
672. ur nei^'hbour. ^e shall be very unlikely to do any thing in his re ard that is f
673. andmenits we w ill not sp ak injuriously of or to him w<' will out •tfer him a
674. e word nrighhour si{j;ni fies those only with whom wo have some tie of kindred o
675. " If you love," says Our Fjord, " only thof»tof friendship who love you, what
676. e they all compose but one single family, of whom God is the father; because the
677. evil, that you reign unto your heavenly Father, who mnketh his sun to shine on
678. re annihilated in his presence it humbly apknowledges its dependence and its ser
679. ervitude it praises and blesses the holy name of God it returns thanks for all t
680. hat it still requires, and which it only expects from his bounty finally, it off
681. it only expects from his bounty finally, it offers, and consecrates itself to h
682. e, to accomplish in all things, his holy wax < >-.-•,.•..' , 'I -* ; •, i'
683. n, render to God every day, particularly moi'niug and evening, the tribute of pr
684. upon OS that reproach which he formerly addressed to the Jewish people " This p
685. them that su})reme worship which is only remember notwithstanding, t)ther exteri
686. •' ^¥' "•'- r we honour them solely as his friends and sergood and useful t
687. a body which was the Temple of the Holy Ghost, and is to rise again in glory, a
688. ir images, but that honour refers solely to the object represented we recognise
689. ind us. The use of images is exceedingly beneficial, for it recalls to our minds
690. , dec. tilings, &c. all these being only fit to draw down the malediction of God
691. the relics * ^"'nts, their images, holy water and other such things, .11 more b
692. es practised dissimulation, and publicly declared that all the Christians of his
693. bey ihis order, which, however, was only meant to try them. The result was that
694. try them. The result was that they only obtained the contempt of the sovereign,
695. me Uian they have been to 13 are likely to fail in ; ^^',''-' :^ ^ r*T. „' ^
696. onvince his courtiers that reckoned only on the fidelity of those who were faith
697. >^ • sacred images. He summoned a holy hermit, named Stephen, and asked him in
698. to adore stones, gold or silver, simply because they represent J«>sus Christ o
699. rist or the Saints ? Our veneration only regards the originals of these pictures
700. would trample on the image of an earthly king, who is but a mortal like yourselv
701. a peculiar manner, and which : specially consecrated faithful to &is worship it
702. ? Should we not, on entering that iioly place, be seized with fear, and exclaim
703. most scandalous levity. All in that holy place speaks to us of the mercies of Go
704. us the altar, in fine, whereon he daily immolates himself, in oider to apply to
705. ily immolates himself, in oider to apply to us the fruit of his sufferings ; the
706. in confirmation the unction of the Holy Ghost. Should not objects so touching f
707. cts so touching fill our minds with holy thoughts and our hearts with pious sent
708. e us love to linger in a place so highly-favoured ? How does it happen, then, th
709. th reluctance, and while there feel only disgust, being occupied solely with vai
710. feel only disgust, being occupied solely with vain fancies, even if no worse ? D
711. os of the goodness of God speak directly to the heart ? How outrageous it is to
712. ce a horseman would be punished severely if he did not alight from his horse in
713. while he is at prayer, ho makes no reply he may be beaten, and he will not even
714. ough the Lord said to us: Revere my holy name; forbid you to profane it by emplo
715. t to authorize falsesufficient certainly hood, injustice, or even to confiiin tr
716. hen promised, becomes im3rd, and finally, when the practicable, by unforeseen ev
717. en events oath was not taken voluntarily, but was forced upon us nevertheless, o
718. >• I .1;' '.' >•' • I ' certainly be executed, for then the non-fulfilmen
719. o speak with contempt of disrespectfully his divine attributes, perfections, •
720. ed under words which, though not exactly pronouncing the real oath, relate to it
721. to express, but it is speaking obscenely, which is bad, and often gives scandal.
722. old him, swearing, moreover, by the holy uame of God. The poor lad, shocked at h
723. IV. OF THE THIKD COMMANDMBNT. keep holy the Sabbath Day, 'i^ 1 belongs to God,
724. ent us from giving ourselves up entirely to the exercises of religion, God has r
725. is as old as the world. God, immediately after he had created the world, consecr
726. are at all times prohibited, are doubly so on days conseOf all servile works ar
727. itted on any ordinary day, appear doubly hideous when committed on Sunday ? Does
728. , and a more marked contempt of his holy -. . * '.' .;? * .' i >« A ',-'.<; Law
729. at table, or in visiting ? No, certainly not that which really sanctifies the da
730. ng ? No, certainly not that which really sanctifies the day which the Lord hath
731. elaxation is necessary, and is perfectly allowable; but it should never be contr
732. at a i;4 •-•:•#>;? -^ for not only did picking up wood in the desert on th
733. my Sabbath, because it must be kept holy he who violates it shall suffer death i
734. ***-' P Pi baptised, working very busily at some boats they were making, and ask
735. precept which commands the keeping holy the Lord's Day, by abstaining from all
736. and exercises of Christian They savagely answered that such was their will and p
737. d profuse in their expressions of lively and sin ; «era repentance. Edifying le
738. tention, they were, as it were, entirely occupied with him they watched over his
739. ther you respect and love them sincerely; a child who disobeys his father or mot
740. nor respect which he owes them. Finally, the fourth duty of Children towards th
741. ese occasions a child far as he possibly can. This all on ' ' ' '.1 < '^ felt by
742. cannot but be We — all Hence the Holy Scripture dethe feelings of nature. nou
743. r temporal wants, how much more strongly is he bound to procure for them the spi
744. tance which they may require, especially in their old age or in their last illne
745. eath. Children are also bound faithfully to execute the last will of their paren
746. and to regard their actions unfavourably, is great rashness, and a sort of usurp
747. nds the faithful to be obedient not only to sovereigns, but also to those who ho
748. s severity, and his tenderness is deeply hurt by the reproaches which they oblig
749. e world men who have been most carefully educated, with but little profit to the
750. in a word, they are bad citizens, purely because in the days of their youth they
751. e him to sleep somewhat more comfortably in the cell wherein ha on, league after
752. , had an unfortunate son, who frequently and abused him. It happened that the fa
753. ed, my father you are now revenged truly I deserve all this. Lord have mercy upo
754. nd most precious. he holds der, not only when he himself commits the action, but
755. sgressor. The law of God does not merely forbid murder, but it also forbids ange
756. ide, and may lead to it, if not promptly repressed hence it is that St. John pro
757. to fight a duel, What madare exceedingly culpable in the sight of God ? ness it
758. of life. What renders this crime doubly horrible is that it can have no remedy,
759. sing care or sorrow, by rushing wilfully into the frightful and never ending tor
760. thnt may injure the soul, and especially scandal., wlvijh dastn the spiritual li
761. that all meu " The will of thy heavenly Father " says phould be saved. " is tha
762. tacle is thrown in the way of God*s holy will, since those whom He would have to
763. those whom He would have to be eternally happy, are thereby led into sin, and da
764. une to get into for nought —and lastly, for eternal felicity — —a those so
765. , yet the evil he does him is infinitely more horrible. It would be far less cru
766. s, l. ; Some years ago, a youth named ly attained his sixteenth year, Gustavus,
767. disgusted with the world, though barely enterWhat could have led him to commit
768. to the most shameful passions, speedily kindled in that heart, lately so pure,
769. , speedily kindled in that heart, lately so pure, the guilty flame which devoure
770. eturn to God. The dying youth could only look at him with a wild stare, and cry
771. e or gratify any irregular or disorderly inclination. There is no vice more oppo
772. and none that he punishes more severely than that of impurity. He has frequentl
773. than that of impurity. He has frequently avenged himself, even in this world, on
774. t is a gross outrage offered to the Holy Ghost whose temple it profanes, What a
775. a*;ion of that hideous sin will be fully confirmed if we only consider for a mom
776. s sin will be fully confirmed if we only consider for a moment its fatal consequ
777. } those • ." " >V libertine eventually his unhappy as to give way to it. A bec
778. t. A becomes the disgrace of his faxnily, and name a by- word for a whole town,
779. her perishes are so in the who miserably I ' prime of life, istence in ignominy,
780. sin uie soul it A — eth near to 1 V ly works might be condemned. He quickbe«o
781. oses his faith, for religion cannot ally herself with a dissolute life. In order
782. morse of conscience \n<^ ''ve tranquilly crime, he begins by doubting the moot c
783. ave, and thonce into hell." are not only obliged to avoid this abominable sin, b
784. anger shall peruh therein^ says the Holy Ghost. casions which lead the oftenest
785. by their discourse or example. The Holy Ghost warns us in several parts of the
786. act as they do, we should sin grievously by exposing ourselves to so great a dan
787. ld not; fearing least you might speedily catch their disease. Bad companions are
788. f the soul Even as they who are inwardly decayed communicate by their breath the
789. ir breath the corruption of their Ivotly, so do sinners communicate by their con
790. hat do such f>ersons speak most commonly ? What is the ordinary subject of their
791. ill virtuous, if he does not immediately withdraw from such pernicious com« poi
792. ; 1. •• *! : should we not entirely despair of the salvation of a person wh
793. d it^ and say not that you re»d it only for olitaining iuto adorn your mind or
794. all the advantages which belong n>erely to this world would be too dear if purc
795. it. the most solid virtue could scarcely withstand ! There •.-.,-«., '••
796. is the surest guarantee that one really proposes to c-jmmit these sins no more.
797. oul sin should T ' 1( confess frequently to the same confessor, a pious and enli
798. lightened director, they ought carefully to shun all occa- — sions the which m
799. on to Blessed Virgin, and offer up daily some prayer with that • V'i. — •
800. the waters of the deluge excepting only the just Noah and his family, because t
801. epting only the just Noah and his family, because that " all jlesh hud Five infa
802. amous corrupted its ways " says the Holy Scripture. cities, consumed with all th
803. tter abomination, and that he frequently punishes it even in ; ; — this life '
804. iffuse throughout the great human family a poison which you considered deadly as
805. ily a poison which you considered deadly as regarded your own ? Merault. Dad boo
806. nth Commandment, to take retain unjustly our neighbour's goods. The Master of al
807. ' fill TOWARDS GOD. ; 17t we immediately cry out against his injustice and injus
808. his injustice and injustice would really be but another has the same right to co
809. hat being a real theft which is severely censured by the Holy Ghost in Scripture
810. t which is severely censured by the Holy Ghost in Scripture. He declares that wh
811. order to gratify his passions, evidently shows that he would fain take possessio
812. too long delayed his heart must be truly a barbarous and cruel one, utterly than
813. truly a barbarous and cruel one, utterly than ; ' ?.. > >V '-'' . ' " ^r^'-^.:-:
814. " said Tobias to his son, " immediately pay him his hire and let not the wages
815. wful to lend on interest, yet it is only when the alienated when the loan expose
816. . Although the word alms taken literally, signifies the distribution of temporal
817. struction. This obligation is especially binding on pastors, and on all those wh
818. a soul, is an act whose value wijj only be known in the other world. It is who
819. to and one of those who profess the holy Law. This law not only forbids us to st
820. profess the holy Law. This law not only forbids us to steal the goods of anothe
821. am a Christian, •K;)'•• instantly repaired to a Christian church in order
822. « . »'. .» • , ither m, or cially confessor. The latter having found that
823. hat " But what will behe must absolutely make restitution. come of my children ?
824. dearyou than the welfare of your family." 1 cannot agree to do what you require
825. ," said the dying man, " and I must only run the risk.'' So he turned upon his b
826. true. This vice is in fact most strongly op|/osed the society or fellowship whic
827. hem ( Is it not that they might mutually communicate ; < ' • : • J- -^ their
828. that even the Pagans understood it fully, and by some amongst them it was scrupu
829. by some amongst them it was scrupulously pracLying is so odious that we are not
830. black and so malignant that it is truly re" The tongue of the calumvolting to a
831. nflicting mortal wounds." It is not only the fortune of his neighbour that he at
832. ia reputation of which he would unjustly deprive him, that ie to say, a treasure
833. t : tlie loss is much more this sensibly felt. But what crowns the ;"-^,' II if
834. imposture, so that they must absolutely sacrifice their own reputation to resto
835. ad blighted and destroyed. lish the only be * <*^ - > ^ ^ rMm • This done. com
836. say, to publish the evil that he really has So long as his fault remains hidden
837. justShould we like to have our own hidly of his good name. Certainly not we den
838. ur own hidly of his good name. Certainly not we den faults or iailings made publ
839. ard it with pleasure, for it is not only forbidden to speak ill of one's neighbo
840. ainst him these reports almost inariably give rise, in the heart of him who hear
841. who makes traced as follows in the holy Scrip" There are six things which the L
842. jure others. But even then they are only to be disclosed to those who and to sav
843. ural and most urgent duties it is really doing good to our neighbour, when we en
844. on he had destroyed but when he has only told the truth in his disclosure, then
845. falsehood, which is, of course, strictly forbidden. Thus even should he obtain t
846. the grace of repentance, it is scarcely possible for him to repair the evil he
847. v.. sV. •*.••/ forbids us not only to •peak ill ^f our neighbour, but al
848. ful to charity. That virtue, so strongly recommended to us in the Gospel, us to
849. us in the Gospel, us to think favourably of our br'^thren, to put a good on thei
850. " says St. Paul, ever is not manifestly bad. " thinketh no evil it sees no crim
851. is not evid'^^nt, and believeth it only when it is proved." Indeed, when we lov
852. e fair actions appearance of virtue only vice itself, can only proceed from Virt
853. nce of virtue only vice itself, can only proceed from Virtuous people commonly j
854. ly proceed from Virtuous people commonly judge a dark and corrupt soul. others b
855. to tell to him whom you seek." The holy bishop was undergo the most cruel torme
856. alls of the apartment wherein he usually eat St. Away all slanderers, guilty tcn
857. n certain person, the Saint immediately reproved them, saying that if they went
858. the whole Law under this head %y merely abstaining from the ciiminal action. No
859. say when we knowing* Evil thoughts/' ly dwell upon it, and take pleasure therei
860. a sudden to commit criminal acit is only by degrees that we are led into them. T
861. not consist in not being but in manfully resisting all the evil suggestions of o
862. oes present itself, "ei iiis immediately turn away our attention, elevate our he
863. t that vice to applv one's seU seriously to some useful labour, and never to rem
864. cked, .-. '' t, •.V.-, •'' ';« Only fall let powerless. the devil find us a
865. hv- Jaws of men the latter regulate only the '\ierior action" of men, because ma
866. or action" of men, because man sees only what meets b*Jt the Law of God forbids
867. to have it but that desire is perfectly legitimate when, in making our purchase
868. te when, in making our purchase, we only make use of fair and lawful means. What
869. bits is the desire of obtaining unjustly which belongs to our neighbour the inor
870. was never to die. that passion is solely occupied with how he can best gratv day
871. and his salvation, provided he can only increase his treasure in a word he know
872. is not wialth that ue condemns, but only the immoderate desire of obtaining it.
873. hey can be ol>tained, and preserved only by excessive care to be In ken from us
874. ser than the advice given us by the holy king David " If thou hast riches, fix n
875. hee, pay ! — ; r,.^*'' him immediately what thou owest him, and of thy hired s
876. y her, because, being guided by the Holy Ghost, she speaks to us on his part. Go
877. speaks to us on his part. God will only regard as his children those who respec
878. he Churches, and that they were joyfully received by the primitive faithful. We
879. all good Catholics are bound faithfully to obthese we shall explain in the foll
880. '< .. being supposed to have a pre* Holy See, a friend o! " I pray you give me a
881. o Genand heaven, the descent of the Holy Ghost on Temple, his Resurrection, and
882. ntended to commemorate, in the most Holy Virgin and the Saints, the graces which
883. wn weakness, of which we are continually remind* ed by experience, let us beg of
884. is ia the reason why the Church annually brings before our eyes the blessings of
885. he instructions we receive, and the holy hymns which resound through the temples
886. es were These grand objects, thus really passing before our eyes. made present b
887. es and preserved them." If we would duly sanctify festivals we must enter into T
888. se the virtues which shone pre-eminently in the Saint honoured on that day, to t
889. ^ ' — •" •• '...^^ Jews modestly, " He is the Living God and the Omnipot
890. h signifies, the offering up of the holy Sacrifice « '•-.*.. V. V'P' . ' :
891. ss, wJ>ien tht pastor offers up the holy Sacrifice in the midst of his assem. bl
892. n the first ages of the Church, the only legiti mate assembly was that wherein t
893. he Church, the only legiti mate assembly was that wherein the bishop presided in
894. ruct the faithful, to celebrate the holy Sacri- and administer the Sacraments. S
895. t solid reasons: each parish is a family of whom the priest is the father and th
896. er and the head is it not then perfectly just that all those who compose it shou
897. satisfy this obligation, would certainly not fulfil we must hear the entire Mass
898. ttention, piety, and respect, not merely being present in the body we must also
899. the opprobriuno of Calvamust then apply o\» ry, and dishonouring Religion. sel
900. o prayer during all the time of the holy Mass, ma* We *',;H?j.-»-, ! TOWARDS GO
901. acts ol piety, the assisting at the holy Mass, does not thereby oxempt us from t
902. Anysia, being on her way to the assembly of the faithful, she was seen by a sold
903. ying hold of her who art he said angrily " Answer me thou ? where art thou going
904. of Jesus Christ, and am on my way to ly Uie assembly of the Lord." " Thou shalt
905. ist, and am on my way to ly Uie assembly of the Lord." " Thou shalt not go ilier
906. rning good from evil, and cense* quently, of committing mortal sin ; the second
907. ew nothing of them, in order more easily to obtain absolution, without being obl
908. that all should confess more frequently, as shewn by the words ai least, which
909. ent. Thus, although we do not absolutely transgress the precept of the Church so
910. r does it satvsfy her desire, especially when any one has had the misfortune of
911. ir return to him we must therefore apply as soon as pos* lible to a prudent and
912. onfine themselves to that, art generally engaged in some criminal courses, which
913. ng th« precept of the .Church, but only adding a new sin to those In a word the
914. uld communicate at Easter, she evidently desires that this coiv fession should b
915. t ourselves at the Sacred tribunal early in Lent, so as to, receive the advice o
916. tion n young man was i driving furiously alonff the street, and hig carriage bro
917. uess — : ! how m^ great will naturally, concluded that he Mi ren ! was the ast
918. ng on in the'career of vice are suddenly cast down by some fatal accident the no
919. ever ' At Easter at Easter I will apply to that physician * And how many are th
920. delay ? " This similitude made a lively impression on the minds of his hearers,
921. nt, ordains that should receive the holy Sacrament with • I* , r. respect at E
922. they regarded the Eucharist as the daily bread of the children of God, and thoy
923. people absented themselves from the holy Communion, and many Christians went so
924. ; >• n' • \ ont approaching the holy Trtl)le. It is, then, to prevent so gri
925. least at Easter. to >y Although she only obliges them receive once in the year,
926. -f they should approach more frequently, for instance, at each • t of the gre
927. hould assisted at Sacrifice. in the Holy Council of Communicate as often as they
928. profit from the Hence, by receiving only at Easter, we do indeed accomplish the
929. of her desire. In fact, it can scarcely be supposed that one Communion in the w
930. pose ourselves to communicate unworthily, and a bad Communion, far from fulfilli
931. t, and that respect consists principally in havthe conscience purged from all mo
932. rational as the need of being perfectly purified ; but it to us this intention
933. days Mass thou shah hear, and I scarcely ever see you at Mass, on either Sunday
934. and to prepare us to celebrate worthily the great festival of Easter, 'lliis fa
935. iis fast has always been more rigorously observed than the on ordinary fast days
936. e august functions of the altar, usually receive holy orders. Finally, Vigils ar
937. tions of the altar, usually receive holy orders. Finally, Vigils are the days wh
938. ar, usually receive holy orders. Finally, Vigils are the days which precede the
939. r destroy it. Although none are strictly bound to fast until they have attained
940. wine, and many there were who used only bread and water, nor did they take that
941. ched his heart. Penetrated with a lively sorrow for his sins, he resolved to do
942. rigorous and where they fast continually, sleeping only on a hard couch, and int
943. ere they fast continually, sleeping only on a hard couch, and interrupting their
944. . •'^''.'• " ',. • -* , • • ly and to keep alive in us the spirit of P
945. ce ; we are sick and should consequently, labour to effect our cure ; we all hav
946. ve passions to subdue, and that can only be done by retrenching all that tends t
947. to induce us to submit the more readily. But, besides this general view, the Ch
948. DUTY OF THE OHBHTIAR cerve it It is only the real inability to obey the precept
949. irit of Penance which he has so strongly recommended to us. Let us not imitate t
950. rance, a child whose parents were wholly destitute of piety, was prepa> ring to
951. approach for the first time to the holy Table. It was tiie unhappy practice in
952. n practice, and the opportunity speedily presented itself. On the following Frid
953. le, and he was offered some; he modestly refused to eat it, and when asked by hi
954. irritated by his son's refusal, brutally condemned him to confine himseL till ne
955. he would have (fiaed. The boy instantly obeyed, and without a word Oi ! ! , TOW
956. est appearance of ill-humour. Nev cretly ^heless the mother, although just as ir
957. ther and her. when the dear child calmly replied! "If papa had comhusband, somet
958. ous and in terms so respectful, hasti ly withdrew to conceal the tears which she
959. themselves. The father went immediately to embrace his son, and took blame to h
960. to hear his confession, ansv/er equally struck with admiration, and was convert
961. rnd in ; and at first remained perfectly silent. I invited her to sit down, but
962. ed the invitation, and she answered only by her tears. What is the matter with y
963. another word. She sat do^Ti, apparently overcome by sorrow and remorse. Having
964. I afterwards learned that a scene nearly similar took place in their dwelling ev
965. ny thing bad of her parents, which reply inoreased my admiration still farther,
966. admiration still farther, and I plainly recognized " &:^-''>i';n^ TOWARDS GOD.
967. Um of Dijon, CHAPTER OP SIN. XIII. of ly Sin, which means a disobedience to the
968. we are born. All mankind, excepting only the BMssed Virgin, have been stained wi
969. sin. Actual sin b that which we wilfully commit, after having attained the use o
970. mission. The Law of God forbids not only the evil action, but even the thought o
971. ught or desire of doing it ; it not only restrains the hand and the tongue, but
972. nt moment, or not committed deliberately if the matter be of greater importance.
973. ommit a single mortal sin. We should fly sin as we would a serpent Suppose we we
974. servation of the body ? If unfortunately one had committed a mortal sin, it woul
975. would be necessary to repent immediately, and fre* quently to pronounce, with on
976. to repent immediately, and fre* quently to pronounce, with one's whole heart, a
977. despiseth smaller faults" says the Holy Spirit, •* shall fall by degrees into
978. reater, and in the end will be eternally lost" Let us then never commit any sin
979. then never commit any sin deliber^ ately or with consent ; but rather let us avo
980. he is not able to deprive you instantly of life and cast you into hell." " Away
981. erving of eternal death, nay, inevitably bring it upon me, if I did not wipe awa
982. APITAL man is wont to commit are usually re: duced to seven principal sins, whic
983. uraHe geous, was not dismayed but boldly stood his ground. had no other arms tha
984. ry to cut off the seventh head. Scarcely had he gone a few paces when the monste
985. capital sins, which must be courageously resisted with the arms of Faith 2nd., i
986. be allowed to govern you ? Most commonly it is one particular vice which destroy
987. e is ,' ..11: .y '.'j ._ • , perfectly satisfied, avidity. and seeks after fla
988. er flattery with the utmost He carefully conceals the fauUs which he has, .... .
989. .. . and affects virtues which he really has not his whole object jg to draw upo
990. r above them, he demeans himself proudly and arrogantly he speaks to them haught
991. e demeans himself proudly and arrogantly he speaks to them haughtily, and with a
992. d arrogantly he speaks to them haughtily, and with a disdainful air thence comes
993. fulness of his true interest. He totally neglects the affair of his salvation, h
994. truly ridiculous. detestable is this vice and
995. etestable is this vice and how carefully should we avoid it Let us remember that
996. In effect, if we consider what we really are, what cause shall we 'not find for
997. as a species of idolatry. Men have only indifference for their salvation when t
998. ants in the midst of plenty. ; ! Finally, this vice gives rise to duplicity, for
999. ce. " iNone is so unjust " says the Holy Ghost ik the sacred scriptures " as he
1000. must be abandoned, the more tenaciously does his heart cling to his wretched ho
1001.sees death approaching, the more closely does he clutch his gold, and look upon
1002.with to support us and keep us 'decently clothed, we should be content. Hjence,
1003.o get away, and his situation may easily be imagined. There is reason to believe such a ^ ).. 'o^ Meanwhile his family, seeing that he did not return, became
1005.that he did not return, became seriously alarmed. They sought all around, and ca
1006.e might have be«n drowned, or pro'oably murdered in a word that he had lost his
1007.OD. 2on '^ lome fatal acciHent. Suddenly a locksmith in the place, hearing the e had onoe cauacti him to make secretly an iron door with a spring lork, and ha lork, and hat he might unfortunately closed ii 'nself in diroiigh mistake. H
1010. vice in all its real horro we have only to consider its unhappy effects. It beg
1011.:hem8elves up to its excess are speedily carried to the gravt. He who is addicte
1012.r. The exercises of religion are totally incompatible with this vice when onc^ i
1013.ts ; and wi^ hear neither he thinks only of gratifying hia brutal appetite, what
1014. the angels thiMuselves it is infinitely pleasing to God, and he rewards it in a
1015.eternal death." By rejecting immediately and with force, all dangerous thoughts,
1016.frightful chain of misfortunes. Secondly, we must have recourse to prayer when w
1017.s in a certain city a scholar who justly passed for a model of virtue, and who f
1018.of his own accord ; his senses gradually gave way, and he became intoxicated: wh
1019.h, being seized with terror, immediately went to expiate by a rigorous course of
1020.h others are Been to have, inspired only the desire of imitating them, then the
1021.n the feeling it would be a noble widely different from what the envioua feel th
1022. any way. A vindictive man attticks only his enemies, or those from whom he has
1023.hey have no cause of complaint, but only their virtues their whole crime is the
1024.s to have them spoken of less favourably giving malicious interpretations to all
1025.s into vices, representing piety as only dissimulation and hypocrisy, and succes
1026. I other in a city, and being mutually jealous they It chanced, however, lived
1027.t sent him so many customers, was deeply touched by such conduct in a man whom h
1028.him as a friend. His request was readily granted, and Religion drew closely toge
1029.adily granted, and Religion drew closely together those whom interest and jealou wa this blessing when we seek only the pleasure alone must eat and drink i
1031.wills that we should preserve life. only the gratification of the senses is glut
1032.ets cation and refinement will carefully avoid it. sensuality, which consists in
1033. they gratify the appetite ; and finally, in eating too greedily of even ordinar
1034.te ; and finally, in eating too greedily of even ordinary food. What H shame it
1035. to evade their observance, and not only does, he neglect to keep the fast, but
1036.ples not to use forbidden meats. Finally, gluttony gives rise to dissension for
1037.riking picture of it, traced by the Holy Ghost himself here is the way in which
1038. ? We ought, therefore, to have a lively horror of a vice so degrading to a man,
1039.any sensuality in a word, he thinks only o. thlUg; thai flatters the senses imit
1040. advice which our Lord " Watch carefully over yourselves, himself has ^'iven us
1041.ength to follow them, is to say, piously, the prayer befoje itself a remedy ; 'H
1042. he had, as usual, gratified his beastly passions, he wetit This young man was n
1043. preached twice that day, he immediately caused tn.people to assemble a third ti what had happened, the whole assembly broke forth into cries and lamentations
1045.. His tears and sobs spoke more forcibly than any ers this horrible tragedy. ; w
1046. the face, and in the whole de; ; a holy anger excited by meanor of the person g
1047.le blasphemy against every He thing holy ; nothing is sacred for that impious to
1048. and the most revolting cruelty scarcely suffices to satisfy his Such, then, are
1049.s of this fatal passion. ourselves early to overcome and keep down its first mot
1050. a fit of vexation. Entering immediately into himself, " The demon of anger has of Religion player is either entirely omitted", or badly said; the Sacraments is either entirely omitted", or badly said; the Sacraments are either abandon
1053.ention, without application consequently his mind remains uncultivated, his memo
1054.ce is perceived, his deficiency speedily found out, and he falls into contempt.
1055. slothfulness. by desire," says the Holy Ghost, " they will and do not V* ill ;
1056.osed to idleness, that is to say, a holy activity, which makes us love our dutie
1057.y the difficulties of our lot if we only have good courage God will soon render
1058.ow long wilt thou sleep ? A certain holy man used to say every time he hear(' *'
1059.. Actual grace, which consists in a holy thought enlightening the mind, and ill
1060.tion into the heart, we are consequently born in ignorance, and with a strong te
1061.reat sources of all our sins for we only sin because we are ignorant of our duty
1062.(Jod. The on the other hand, incessantly attacks him, presenting to his view all
1063.t, to sustain Hence it is, that in daily reciting the Lord's prayer, him. we beg
1064. he has promised it to prayer, when duly made so that we have two infallible mea
1065.olicit his mercy in the name of his only Son, who has loved us even unto . •
1066.od commands nothing impossible, but only enjoins us to do what we can, and to as
1067., who had r • nounced the world merely from reading the life of St. Anthony, a
1068.nt fortune, and the favour oi It is only necessary to will it, and I stiall the
1069. it, and I stiall the emperor. instantly become what I wish to be." Libacms. How
1070., seven Sacraments Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. In the Sacrament
1071., and that which we do not see, but only \N hat we see, is the external action o
1072. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost " that is to say, " I wash you,"
1073.position of hands, the oil, and the holy chrism the form is in the words which a
1074., and by which the bishop prays the Holy Ghost to fill the soul with strength an
1075.e lingeiing weakness caused by sin. Holy Orders provide the Church with the mini
1076.een them which must be remarked. Firstly, Baptism and Penance are established to
1077. thus bestowed, and thej are accordingly ; % ; ; ' 'i ', * li'N' ; Hf-r^ ; A^
1078.amed sacraments of receive Uiem worthily, we must live the means being free from
1079.ans being free from mortal sin. Secondly, there are three, viz. : order to of gi
1080.•. J •,".-., i,>», V' ' ', and Holy Orders, whereby the soul is not only sa
1081.oly Orders, whereby the soul is not only sanctified through grace, but it is als
1082.ent, the Church, ever guided by the Holy Spirit, receive the • if. "r^'if.rK .
1083.ough these ceremonies are not absolutely necessary for producing the effect of t
1084.y Vichi, of Bareges, &c. of their bodily infirmities, if a cure is at all possib
1085. soul. These sources of grace infallibly heal all " "iiii' neglect to approach,
1086. come, bring is it —how who then apply to them with proper that so disposi- ma
1087. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost all those who believe and are bap
1088.sed satisfaction or penance on the newly-baptized but it does not remove the eff
1089.ouble to ourselves, as it were naturally and thence we should have no other meri
1090. others. why we can receive baptism only once, seeing that what ia once consecra
1091.t we cannot be saved without conformably to the words of Jesus Christ: " Unless
1092. man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter the kingdom of h
1093.aptism by blood. Nevertheless it is only baptism by water that is a real sacrame
1094.ptism is given to the others, it is only because they supply the want of that sa
1095.e others, it is only because they supply the want of that sacrament, when it can
1096.t is also called the baptism of the Holy Ghost, because it is through the Holy G Ghost, because it is through the Holy Ghost that one immediately receives the
1098.ough the Holy Ghost that one immediately receives the grace of this sacrament, w
1099.. ' .• i'* . 4"i ! even more perfectly, because martyrdom represents, in a mor
1100. its reception ordinary cases it is only priests who have the right of baptizing words and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." In order that the baptism be du" In order that the baptism be duly administered, the water must really tou
1103.duly administered, the water must really touch some considerable part of the bod
1104.d has life, or whether it was previously baptized, or if tlie baptism was valid,
1105." / you, &;c." Baptism being absolutely necessary for all men, it is obon those
1106.ositions because they could not possibly have any but she acts in a different ma
1107.that it ia necessary to know of our holy religion ; they are admonished not to p
1108.purest intentions, with a heart entirely free from affection to sin, and they ar
1109.itted. In former times, baptism was only administered to adults twice in the yea
1110.iest baptized him, and gave him the Holy Eucharist, which he received with trans
1111.eated him to give him once more the holy communion. " Yes, my son " said he, "bu
1112.ctions are also made, either of the holy oil or the sacred chrism, to denote the
1113.interior unction of grace which the Holy Ghost infuses into the soul of the bapt
1114.ather Almighty, in Jesus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost. Then, havin
1115.sus Christ his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost. Then, having asked the child if
1116.or the baptized, that he will faithfully acquit himself of the obligations of hi
1117.s fail to instruct it, they are strictly obliged to supply the deficiency. oblig
1118. it, they are strictly obliged to supply the deficiency. obligation The towards
1119.hast thou summoned us hither?" Instantly the heart of Genes was changed, and he
1120. was changed, and he answered, seriously " Because I wish to receive the grace o
1121.e the grace of Jesus Christ, and by holy regeneration : — •' ' • * . . ' v
1122.he remission of my sins." But this reply was only received as in the most perfec
1123.ion of my sins." But this reply was only received as in the most perfect keeping
1124.The ceremonies of baptism were regularly gone through, and when it was time to c
1125.arken unto me heretofore, when : dierely heard the name of Jesus Christ pronounc
1126.l seen, to the end that I might publicly turn them into ridi« eule biit at the
1127.r touched my flesh, my heart was totally changed, and the replies which I gave t
1128.ubsequent interrogatories were perfectly sincere I answered just as I believed.
1129.ted from my infancy up, but imuiediately after they wiped them out, and showed m Him!" The emperor Dioclesian, equally surprised and irritated, instantly caus
1131.ually surprised and irritated, instantly caused Genes to be beaten with a stick,
1132.rture, but all in vain. Genes constantly replied "There is no master like unto H
1133.rom my heart and from ny lips I bitterly deplore my past transgressions, and tha
1134.remarked that a ceremony so ira. piously performed, could only be for St. Genes
1135.ny so ira. piously performed, could only be for St. Genes a baptism of salvation
1136.ented to the Church to receive the h(>ly bap. if we believed in God, if we would
1137. his pomps the world and and it was only when a formal and affirma. its maxims w
1138.rth, in the presence of God and his holy angels, that we promised to obey the la
1139.the Lord's prayer, assisting at the holy sacrifice of the mass, and by participa
1140. blood of Jesus Christ, outrage the Holy Ghost, and shameLet us, then, never ful, and shameLet us, then, never fully to expel him from our hearts. forget th
1142.ght often to renew them, and inceesantly to thank the Lord for having snatched u
1143. ; We — Example. —We read named holy deacon, in iSe history of the Church th
1144.secutor of One day, when he was publicly tormenting tlie ChristianR some Christi
1145. the midst of an immense crowd, the holy deacon suddenly appeared he had preserv
1146. immense crowd, the holy deacon suddenly appeared he had preserved the white rob
1147.ptism, by imparting and makes us perHoly Ghost, with all abundance of his graces
1148.Apostles. Before the descent of the Holy Ghost they were weak and timid but no s
1149.s Christ with intrepid courage. The Holy the ; ; "f^St- .'^k'-i — ; S82 Ghost
1150.t the aid of miracles. Although the Holy Ghost does not descend visibly oa those
1151. the Holy Ghost does not descend visibly oa those who are confirmed, as it often
1152.incipal gifts are attributed to the Holy Ghost, that of Wisdom, which enables us
1153.salvation Piety, which makes us steadily fulfil our duties towards God, our neig
1154.ards God, our neighbour, and and finally, that of the Fear of God, which in>« o
1155.erywhere present. The fruits of the Holy Ghost are Charity, which unites us to G
1156. by love Joy, which fills us with a holy consolation Peace, which produces tranq
1157. ; ; ; ; ; comes the temples of the Holy Ghost. Bishops, as being the successors
1158. . ,;•:>>;. :.r4*>-v-: "'t • I Holy iJhost takes tliom under his protection
1159.then recites a prayer, invoking the Holy Ghost, and imploring him to replenish w
1160.ilts those who are to be confirmed. holy chrism, and applies it to the forehead
1161.prayer, with of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." that which accompanies the impo
1162.' I*' . •• . souls of those worthily receive it. The holy chrism, composed o
1163.s of those worthily receive it. The holy chrism, composed of oil of olives and b
1164.n of hands and the unction with the holy chrism, being the matter of Confirmatio
1165. the matter of Confirmation, are equally necessary to the validity of that Sacra
1166.lthough this Sacrament is not absolutely necessary for salvation, still any one
1167.iests when they found themselves totally unable to proceed with the abominable c
1168.t their knives, which they had carefully prepared, could not penetraie the flies tlioy had kiiulleci was *4 siiddoiily extnigiiishod. The sacrificer on the al
1170.n the altai exclaimed : riicro certainly some great invisible power obstructing
1171.assistants Bome (jlalilean, either newly washed with water, or an. ointed with o
1172.the search be made !" the page instantly stepped forward and said, " Learn that
1173.d, " Learn that I am a Christian, lately anointed with oil, to animate mo for th
1174. power of Christ the Lord, was instantly struck with terror. He dreaded the effe
1175.ceiving Confirmation, ii to be pro terly instructed in the mysteries of Faith, a
1176. necesknow the Creed, and to thoronyiily understand its niejining, as well as wh
1177.are admitted, although they are scarcely able to con)[)rehend these matters, the
1178. » '-: -^ .^r?v.^ with that : the Holy Ghost himself assures us shall not ente
1179.acrament of the living, and consequently spiritual life is supits effect is to p
1180.piritual life, and if it were previously dead, In order, then, how could it be f
1181.either have retained their baptisFinally, mal innocence, or recovered it by a tr
1182.s an ardent desire of receiving the Holy It was by this Ghost with the abundance
1183.t with the abundance of his graces. holy Hos.ii- and by ferveni prayer that the
1184.epare( selves for the coming of the Holy Ghost; and it is bv rniitating their fe
1185. hands on the new converts, and the Holy Ghost descended visibly upon them. disc
1186.ts, and the Holy Ghost descended visibly upon them. disciples, cution in Example; that is to say, he must courageously defend the faith that he has taught ari
1188.d nothing is more honourable to our holy religion than a Christian and virtuous
1189.steem nor confidence, but who are really fibject ! — ! ! it -• •» " • ,
1190. — — — ! ; good opinion so eagerly sought part, ? They are, for the most >
1191.OF THE CHRISTIAN W4 they are continually torn with the most cruel tormented by t
1192. to draw others into sin. they outwardly inveigh against virtue, they cannot but
1193.fide, it is to them they would assuredly give it. ExAMi'LE. An officer, distingu presented to him the book of tuc holy Gospels, telling him to choose between
1195.fore the governor, and having generously confessed the faith of Christ, he was c
1196.m and said to them: "Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose sins ye remit, they are re
1197.. The three acts of the penitent, namely, Cc»ntrition, Confession, and Satisfac
1198.s sins committed before Baptism can only be remitted through that first Sacramen
1199.mitted after Baptism can be effaced only through the Sacrament of Penance. I spe
1200. a mixture of justice and mercy, he only forgives sin on the fulfilment of certa
1201.humiliating conditions. Besides the holy severity of Penance is not only a salut
1202.the holy severity of Penance is not only a salutary remedy for the expiation of
1203.tion of the Sacrament of Penance, namely, Contrition, Confession, And Satisfacti
1204. to Calv;irv there, dwelling attentively and lovingly on his crucified fSuviour,
1205.there, dwelling attentively and lovingly on his crucified fSuviour, he sakt with
1206.or me ? It is because you are infinitely amiable that I love you, and am sorry f
1207.g can dispense with Contrition. God only promises forgiveness to those who are c
1208.h to read or proand not on the lips only uounce acts of Contrition it is the hea
1209.ust be excited by a movement of the Holy Ghost, and not by the impulse of nature Contrioftended him, and is infinitely displeasing to Him. tion must be sovere
1211.rt without manifesting itself exteriorly, otherwise than by those : ; ; ; fS: are its proof and its effect. Finally, Contrishould be universal, that is to
1213. if we would This Contrition we can only obregain the favour of God. Of ourselve
1214.and fervent prayer to God. we can easily enough offend God ; but without his ass It is impossible to reflect seriously on these truths without being moved to
1216.offended God, because He is supre»Aiely good and supremely amiable, and that si He is supre»Aiely good and supremely amiable, and that sin is displeasing to
1218.nfessing, supposing it cannot be exactly at that moment. Imperfect Contrition, o
1219.t being produced by motives sufficiently elevated, cannot of itself remit sins; stand before Jesus Christ, she humbly prostrates herself at his feet, waters
1221.piate her sins, of all that had formerly been instrumental in offending God. Eve
1222.nstrumental in offending God. Eventually, by the liveliness of her sorrow, and t
1223.n that disponounce eition which the holy King David expresses in these words ; "
1224. will fulfil it, I will observe the holy God himself explains to us in decrees o
1225.for him who renounces not sin*. God only pardons us our sins in proportion as we
1226.our repentance is sincere it necessarily embraces the purpose of sinning no more
1227.htre sincerity of his resolution, leaily a firm purpose of his it seen no change
1228.een no change of conduct, did not really renounce sin, promises were only on the
1229. really renounce sin, promises were only on the lips, and not from the heart is
1230. IE to avoid the occasions which usually lead to sin these are of two kinds some
1231.ctures, and bad company. Others are only occasions of sin because of the weaknes
1232.u.'h occasions and to remain voluntarily in them, is a sign that one has not a f
1233.ot a firm ourpose of amendment. The Holy Ghost assures us that he who loves the
1234.rom you if you wish to be saved. Finally, the third mark of a firm purpose is to
1235.on To that end we are to watch carefully over ourselves, to confess often, and f
1236.selves, to confess often, and frequently to perform actions contrary to these ev
1237.ade to endure might induce him to comply. As he was conducted to the prison, an
1238.ard of the imperial palace, was sensibly touched by the sight of the holy bishop
1239.ensibly touched by the sight of the holy bishop, and respectfully prostrated him
1240.ght of the holy bishop, and respectfully prostrated himself before him ; but the
1241. The emperor seeing his con^ is due only to the Creator." When the martyr stancy
1242.d of the many years he had so faithfully served him, that at the moment of his e
1243.ndemned to death for any crime, but only that, being a Christian, he had refused
1244.his consent, and that the more willingly as he hoped it might intimidate the oth
1245.n who had served him long and faithfully. Ustazade showed that he had both true
1246.y, that he must confess his sins exactly as he knows them, without permitting hi sins the number, by stating as nearly as possible, how many times he has comm
1248.eneral way that he has sinned grievously but he must state in a particular manne
1249. instance, to rob a church is not merely a robbery, but a sacrilege, which is a
1250.ore grievous sin than theft. Others only muke the sin greater, without changing
1251.proper manner, he must know them exactly hence the necessity of the examination.
1252.husband of tlie empress, was exceedingly jealous, and put an evil conetructiun o
1253. unknown. The emperor, being exceedingly angry, maintained a gloomy silence. Som
1254.t still he could obtain nothing. Finally, he threatened him with death, in case
1255.eath, in case he still refused to comply with his " You may kill me," replied St
1256.t into the river. The martyr was quickly smothered in the water, whereupon certa
1257.y he confessed, if they are moI The Holy Council of Trent resought and discovere may be sins left unseen, particularly sins of omission as regards our duties,
1259. of thought and of slander, which easily become habitu 1. We shouhi examine ours
1260.slight consequence sins which arc really considerable. Of this class are the sin
1261.hbour, and those wliich outrage the holy 'rtue of for ; how i ;^CV.2: *'' :: 4 ,
1262.ot committiig ven veniai sm deliberately. They have no need of a long examinatio
1263.n of conscience. Persons are those truly pious that excellent disposition of «
1264.:>*. ^.. -> to'* who seldom go pecially if they sins to confession will have mu
1265. do ; .r*;* . , :,:^t'' rr; ^." . really wish to discover them ; beg God's assis
1266.mber and the enormity of ; them entirely, and to detest them as I ought. After t
1267.seful at that time to repeat very slowly and with much attention, " I confess to
1268.on without the necessary disposinot only to render it null and void, but it is a
1269.he is a faithful friend who desires only your cure and your return to virtue he
1270.dy or disease you might have, especially if death were to be feared from kv.epin
1271.yield to shame when the soul is mortally wounded ? Why not have courage to revea
1272.courage to revealit to him who can apply a saving remedy ? Moreover, what is the
1273.f repenting for those sins, consequently profane all the sacraments they afterwa
1274.s they afterwards receive, and generally die in a state of impenitence. Others ;
1275.hem " Go with my malediction !" The only remedy for so great an evil is a genera
1276.ons. He, on the contrary, who has freely opened his heart to his confessor, and
1277.ue, it is the blood of the Just and Holy One; it is the blood of a God by reason
1278.r confessor. humble ourselves internally, and endeavour to excite in our selves
1279.our soul the life of grace, if unhappily you had lost it, or to strengthen it wi
1280.ard him as a tender father who is really zealous for your salvation if he be you
1281.od, to Mary, to St. Michael, to the holy aposPeter and Paul, and to all the sain
1282.he sins which defile our soul are purely our own fault we then recommend ourselv we make our detailed ought previously t» cohfessuon to the minister of God.
1284.d absolution, and whether we religiously and exactly performed the sacramental p
1285., and whether we religiously and exactly performed the sacramental penance which
1286.f having offended God, and are sincerely sorry for our offences. After having ma
1287.t be ratified by God; ; TOWARDS GOD. oly t 255 apofr- wledgin^ the siiiK 9 then
1288.on given to a sinner who is not properly disposed, is not merely of no avail to
1289. is not properly disposed, is not merely of no avail to him, but it renders him
1290.s ; r detiiileo bis destruction. viously t» — whethei eligiousl_y ExA3iPLE.
1291. she, " I will go straight and not apply often to ; enough God ins to the )ardon
1292. tion. it By tlie which she courageously replied " 1 am going to cover myself wi
1293.hey find difficult, he feels immediately after like one who has succeeded in cas
1294.hg desire of performing it, h absolutely necessary for obtaining through the Sac
1295.hat sins soever they may have previously committed. It is not the same in the Sa
1296. of Jesus Christ, and temple of the Holy Ghost; woo have treated as a profane th
1297.race, that tliey should not be so easily pardoned as those who have :> ; not bee
1298.d, and whose sins, committed principally through ignorance, bear not the same ch
1299.osed by the confessor should be not only adapted to expiate past sins, but also
1300.ns. The works of penance are principally those which are prescribed by the pries
1301.person by any bad treatment. We can only obtain from God the pardon of our sins
1302.lows that Indulgence discharges entirely or ii part, not only from the temporal
1303.discharges entirely or ii part, not only from the temporal chastisement due to s
1304.n nor its eternal punishment, but merely the temporary punishment whioh usually
1305.y the temporary punishment whioh usually remains to be endured, although the rta
1306.ment or abridges ; its duration Formerly there was imposed for certain sins a pu
1307.s in the primitive agts. It is to supply the deficiency of our satisfaction that
1308.f her children. The Church, in the early ages, had respect to the recommendation
1309.Indulgences have been called by the holy fathers, relaxa- i lions, remissions, a
1310.tial indulgence is the remission of only a portion of whioh r that punishuient a
1311.y-five years, besides that which usually follows the accession of each supreme P
1312.rmed a part of his penance, or is really disposed to perform it if he have time
1313.ength, since the Church grants them only to remit whatever is wanting in -the pe
1314.done, rather ; We sinners tlian entirely dispensing with it. It is, doubtless, f
1315.ed custom of the Church, they ought only to be granted with reserve and in moder by prayer, by alms-deeds, and usually by fasting and other good works. P: •
1317.very moment of my life, and particularly at the hour of my death this I beg of y
1318.he led would cer" I must suffer a tainly shorten her existence, she replied litt
1319.he Eucharist is a sacrament which really and truly contains the body, and blood, is a sacrament which really and truly contains the body, and blood, soul and
1321.peated it again, and still more forcibly, saying " Verily, verily, I say unto yo
1322.and still more forcibly, saying " Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you do not
1323.l more forcibly, saying " Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you do not eat the
1324. do not see the body of Christ, but only the effect ; " if..; .:^y^ ; • •-..
1325. . r- 4* form of bread, yet it is really and substantially there we perceive the, yet it is really and substantially there we perceive the appearance of bre
1327.t see the biWy of Christ which it really has become. As it is a living and anima follows that Jesus Christ is entirely contained under each of the two forms,
1329.our is a])ove nature. God, who is really present in the Eucharist let us believe
1330.God the bread and wine are substantially changed speaks, we cannot listen to the
1331.ense's. Our Lord, to unite us intimately to himself, has deigned to become our n because you have received in the holy tioners Communion the strong and mighty
1333.f sacrament which unites us more closely than the divine Eucharist; and there is
1334.there is nonei TOWARDS COD. consequently, for which Tiie holier this *26a e exec
1335.his *26a e execib- should moro carefully j)roj)are. the more need tliere is oi I
1336.e is oi It is not for man, bringing holy dispositions to receive it. Of these lu
1337.ion of the sacred " Things that are holy are for the mysteries, said aloud Bapti
1338.ion, but with it must be joined a lively faith, a firm hope, and an ardent chari, died to save us, arose gloriously from the dead, and The is now in heaven
1340.efuse to us, who gives us himself wholly and entirely ? He has declared that who
1341.who gives us himself wholly and entirely ? He has declared that whoever eats his
1342.t have in his goodness ? proach the holy table in the same disposition as did th
1343.which was inThe Eucharist is a saitantly done, as she had believed. wo •••
1344.acred feet, and adore i him with an holy awe, for, although hidden under the vei
1345. for this divine Sacrament, and she only dispenses with this law in favour of th
1346.n favour of those who, being dangerously ill, receive it as the viaticum. The se
1347.f a soul which humbles itself profoundly before the Supreme Majesty. ; : ; ExAMP
1348.evious evening to eat it in every family, and to mark with its blood the door of
1349.he children of that chosen race. Shortly after, he fed them with manna whieh for
1350.uld be imagined, and the Israelites only ate it after having been delivered from
1351. . source of every giace, and can only be partaken of when the yoke of the dem
1352.ions the first is to uniia us intimately with Jesus Christ and to incorporate us
1353. him by charity, in loving him perfectly faith brings our mind in subjection to
1354.oper Jesus Christ gives himself entirely effect of the Eucharist. by this union
1355.ur body, so in like manner does the holy Eucharist nourish our soul there is no
1356.ged into our substance, so does the holy Communion transform us into Jesus Chris
1357.ose who : : ; : ; ; communicate devoutly. Would you know what it is that maintai
1358.m a model for all around? It is the holy Eucharist which he frequently receives,
1359.s the holy Eucharist which he frequently receives, and with excellent dispositio
1360.ry one feels who communicates frequently and with good dispositions; they feel t everlasting, if we do not voluntarily deprive ourselves of it. This divine su
1362.ious ning and the foretaste of tlie holy Eucharist imparts to the soul life V""
1363.ledge of our immortality, but it is only fervent communion that operates these h, and this applies still more strongly lo sacrilegious communion, which is an
1365. resumed his discourse, saying: " Verily, verily, \ saj into you, Moses hath not
1366. his discourse, saying: " Verily, verily, \ saj into you, Moses hath not given y bread and drinketh m' Lord unworthily, (that is to say, in a state of sin whe
1368.or he who eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh his own condemnati
1369.nous ? He who eats and drinks uowarthily, eats and drinks his own judgment and c
1370.;>!(•'>'•••;• - ~ : not merely written in a book, nor on tables of mar
1371.t his veins, and he bears it incessantly with and about him. Oh, dteadful punish
1372. Oh, dteadful punishment, which can only proceed from the wrath of a God betraye
1373. betrayed and insulted Henoe, it usually happens that he who has committed this
1374.f this on to final impenitence. scarcely had he received the holy in the perfidi
1375.tence. scarcely had he received the holy in the perfidious Judas Eucharist unwor
1376.he perfidious Judas Eucharist unworthily, when his mind was darkened and his hea
1377.ified, nothing could stop him he quickly arqse from the table, and consummated h
1378.s that the crime of receiving unworthily is hard to expiate ; that it rarely hap
1379.hily is hard to expiate ; that it rarely happens that a profaner of the body and
1380.! God how ; recouise must be immediately had to the sacrament oi penance. stance
1381. DUTJf OF THE ; ; CHRISTIAIS immediately enters into him he sells his kind maste
1382.le is this exariiple ! Weigh attentively all its circumstances: ,^ '. that it hi
1383. heinous crime to communicate unworthily, since draws after it such frightful co
1384.s not conclude " Keep away from the holy Eucharist ;" but he says " Let a man, t
1385.." The leaf of communicating- unworthily ought not, therefore, to deter us from
1386. from communion, but engage us seriously to examine our dispositions, and redoub
1387.selves so that we may be able frequently to approach the holy : ' t ,1*-, '.y "^
1388. be able frequently to approach the holy : ' t ,1*-, '.y "^ '^ good dispositions
1389.t less an evil, and both lead inevitably to eternal death. The Eucharist is nece
1390. of the soul, like of grace is gradually worn away, if it be not kept The means we ought to receive it often the holy Eucharist ought to be the ordinary nour
1392.tive regarded the Eucharist as the daily bread of the diildren of God they parto
1393. the Church is always the same. The holy Council of Trent says that it would wis of the mass, to communicate not only spiritually, but by the actual receptio
1395.ass, to communicate not only spiritually, but by the actual reception of the Kuc
1396.ul as to the frequent communion formerly in use; on the marvellous effects which
1397.munion." If the (Jhurch, therefore, only binds the faithful to one communion in
1398.duce them to communicate more frequently, fearful of thereby multiplying transgr
1399.nce, and fear nothing coiiw fre'|uentJly,--as often, in pre»t;rve, ; ; : 272 to
1400.ds more or less frequent use of the holy communion. Another practice which is ex
1401.ion. Another practice which is extremely advantageous is, to malw a spiritual co
1402.after having adored him in the most holy sacrament of the altar. the ; ^vfi Exam
1403.ntented himself with sighing incessantly after the happy day when i3M . r he mig
1404.nothing in preparing himself for so holy an action. He had so lively a horror fo
1405. for so holy an action. He had so lively a horror for sin, that he avoided even
1406.ble sacrament of our altars. He not only sought to remember the words of the cat
1407., his extreme desire to receive the holy communion, and the diligence with with
1408.ed his director to admit him to the holy table earlier than children are usually
1409. table earlier than children are usually received. This news was the most deligh which he poured forth, and the lively sorrow by which he was pen©tiated, one
1411.ould be impossible to express the lively sentiments of piety which uaimated him
1412.rself to me, I will give myself entirely to you ; since you have united yourself
1413.ince you have united yourself so closely with me, nothing shall henceforward sep
1414.with the nourishment whereby he sensibly grew in virtue and Very far from satiat
1415.desires, this celestial food served only, on the contrary, to redouble their ard
1416.t is as necessary to our soul as earthly food is to our body, and that it is imp
1417.ossible to maintain ourselves constantly in the ways of innocence and true piety
1418.ICE OF THK MASS. Eucharist is not merely a sacrament wherein Jesus Christ gives
1419.of till the end of tlie world, and apply its merit:s (Mito us; it was for this p
1420.t, the same sacrificer, and consequently the same sacrifice, offered upon the cr
1421.erence that exists between ttiem is only in the manner on the cross he was offer
1422." ' mB 1 K u yMilif^PH p-'li^ •trongly to look upon us with an eye of mercy, b
1423.ath to which his beloved Son voluntarily submitted, to reconcile sinners with Hi
1424. persuaded that Cbi'is* is ^M^^Mm really present on the altar, where he renewp ^
1425. rtMidor to God ri'ie worship which only coaimenjorate the saints in the course
1426.)ur8. This sacrifice is offered not only for the livinijj, but also for all thos
1427.fe. This custom of oflfering up the holy sacriMoc for the dead is of remote anti
1428.e apostles. » ,f - A mother of a family, who had conday assisting at mass, hear
1429.Saturday to place herself and her family under the protection of Mary. She asser
1430.being moved to devotion. It may be truly said that by this holy exercise he obta
1431.. It may be truly said that by this holy exercise he obtained from God so many g
1432. EXTREME UNCTION. God, who is infinitely good, has not only provided us with sal
1433.od, who is infinitely good, has not only provided us with salutary assistance fo
1434. in the time of sickness, and especially at the approach of death, when temptati
1435.lives, consecrated by the bishop on holy Thursday. holy oil is applied to each o
1436.ted by the bishop on holy Thursday. holy oil is applied to each of the five sens
1437.if possible, recourse must be previously had to the sacrament of penance, for Ex
1438.t miracle. It suffices to be dangerously ill, in order to receive Extreme Unctio
1439.ithout thus postpone it, are for finally : ! 278 DUTY OP THE CHRISTIAN Although
1440.y a precept of Christ, and they wilfully deprive themselves of the graces attach
1441. Examples. A father was once dangerously ill. He had a daughter of about eight y father, ** go, my child, go instantly for the priest. May the Lord bless you,
1443.R The ail VII. tt^^ '^^^ ^m\. '. OF HOLY ORDERS. five first M^ 18^ pl^9 sacramen
1444. Sacraments, and of offering up the holy Sacrifice the power, in a word, of exer
1445. Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ; receive ye the Holy Ghost ; who
1446. of the Holy Ghost ; receive ye the Holy Ghost ; whose sins ye remit they shall
1447.d ** Do this in remembrance of me." Holy Orders is, therefore, a Sacrament which
1448.eived not this power for themselves only, but in order that they might impart it impart it to others. see, accordingly, in the Sacred Scriptures, that they or
1450.ur Orders which are called minor: namely, those of porter, reader, exorcist, and
1451.cist, and acolyte and three major namely, sub-deacon, deacon, and priest. A stat
1452.con, deacon, and priest. A state so holy requires great dispositions in those wh
1453.on of men wo to them who enter thif holy state M'ith merely human motives, consu
1454.m who enter thif holy state M'ith merely human motives, consulting only in tercs merely human motives, consulting only in tercst or amiiition, and proposing o
1456. tercst or amiiition, and proposing only to enrich thems^'Ivei* and be enal>led
1457.and be enal>led to live more comfortably, and in a more re The third disposition
1458.eed, desirable if the recijiient of Holy Orders had preserved his baptismal inno
1459. an edifying and blameless life. Finally, the fourth it would be a horridisposit
1460.sacrilege to receive a sacrament so holy with a con; ! — ; ; ; science defiled
1461.iid the wealth which men seek so eagerly, for obscure toil, painful duties, func
1462.fore the dawn, has begun again the daily series of his beneficent labours. visit
1463. would fain depict him, but as he really appears amongst tor will ; ; ; you. •
1464.hat precaution, we would contract rashly and contrary to the will of God, an irr upon this state, to approach the holy Eucharist in order to draw down upon th
1466.the marriage state, enter therein solely with a view to sanctify themselves, and
1467. sanctity of the sacrament, by carefully avoid- ing all that might infringe on t
1468.nd profane a sacrament which should only be propriety. To approached with much p
1469.lfil they are to live together in a holy companionship and in perfect una : —
1470.; t TOWARDS GOD. iiimity, 28.*^ mutually to keep the conjugal faith which thov p
1471.ledged to each other hetbre (tocI's holy altar, to assist each other in every ne other in every necessity, and finally to give their children r Christian educ
1473.hristian education, teaching thorn early to pray, to God and piously to perform
1474. thorn early to pray, to God and piously to perform the other duties of religion
1475.e was introduced by a friend to a family much respected for their virtues, and h
1476.itted to hope for the hand of their only daughter, who was as pious as the rest
1477. was as pious as the rest of her fiimily. This young lady was soon after engaged
1478. " It is quite im" she replied, politely, " my daughter has not if — 1 [!«;
1479.allowed to see your daughter I have only had the pleasure of seeing her three or
1480.TIAN ever remained faithful to that holy religion which actuatei your estimable
1481. certain classes may have very naturally in. Bpircd you with I ments, make I it
1482. glory to follow in all things my highly do more I study them, the more esteem a
1483.onfesftion and the reception of the holy Eucharist, for receiving with the nupti
1484.ery day, for eight days, he had the holy sacrifice offered up to ^obtain a bless
1485.e, the young couple approaching the holy table together, with the worthy father
1486.e continued prayer. Christ had certainly no need of praying for himself; but he
1487.hereby engage us to pra,t:tise that holy exercise we had need that he should pra
1488.ation is promised but to Prayer, is only possible through prayer, and is granted
1489.ible through prayer, and is granted only to perseverance in prayer. This holy ex
1490.nly to perseverance in prayer. This holy exercise is then of indispensable neces
1491.ants of our souls and bodies continually warn us to have recourse to Hin. ; ; :
1492.ady to grant them to us, and he not only permits us to ask them, but even comman
1493.asting treasures is inflamed by the holy exercise of prayer, and tho more ardent
1494.t our misery and our impotence, we apply to him, we then cannot dissemble to our most abundant blessings. Let us apply ourselves, then, to this holy exercise
1496.t us apply ourselves, then, to this holy exercise ; let us not imagine that, to
1497.thout thinking of God we must frequently have recourse God chooses to be solito
1498. to be asked for them asked incesEarthly kings do not permit every one to speak
1499.ce; this he even exhorts us to do freely, and if we fail to supWhat an honour pi
1500.nd creature thus it is for a vile santly. ; — ( ommunicate to him its thoughts
1501.sires, TOWARDS OOD. witfc 287 ! i a holy freodom, and a tender cor.fidenco Would
1502. lesf. of If I had not resumed that holy exercise, I a Christian. was lost for e
1503.ia. artd St. Henry, emperor, religiously observed the practice of reciting every
1504.s promised to prayer ; and when properly tnadu, it This is a troth repeated at a
1505., is always heard ; he has even " Verily, verily, I say unto you, ratified it wi
1506.ays heard ; he has even " Verily, verily, I say unto you, ratified it with an oa
1507.ildren, how much more will your heavenly father give thoni to those who ask them
1508.n upright man, how much more may we rely on the promise, nay, the oath of Jesus
1509. ? But is not the goodness of God purely gratuitous; and is not the very acknowl
1510.of God, who givoth apostle No one freely to all, and wisdom shall be given him." our own it is because we do not upply to God with that confidence which wins
1512. earnest entreaties of Moses, as theholy Scripture tells us, he did not execute
1513. and through his merits, for He has only promised to grant what we should ask in
1514.Through Jesus Christ our "Lord" Secondly, we must pray with attention, that is t
1515.etition. God hears more willingPrayer ly the voice of the heart than that of the
1516.their lips, but their heart me." Thirdly, we must pray with confidence. is far f
1517. said to accompanied by faith he usually " Be it those v/ho applied to him for a
1518.D. Gou, 201 iio is able to do infinitely more than we ask of him ; en his mercy
1519.tried 'generosity, and yet fail to apply tn God in even our epiritual wants, alt
1520.of men compared to that of God ? Finally, we are to pray with perseverance God,
1521. that delay is not a refusal, it is only a trial. By that he wishes to show us t
1522. Lord concludes this parable by a lively he asked. dnd earnest exhortation, to p well it is prayer that asks, but only perseverance that obtains. — ; ; ; il
1524., I am dissipated all the rest This holy child, before he had completed Ms 292 *
1525.uring his lasl have made an almost daily sacrifice of my I now offer up my life
1526. the end that we may be the more readily heard by the Father, by addressing him
1527.s Son hath taught us. Let us, tliereholy doctor, " as our master and our that pr
1528.ked in his name; how much more willingly if asked, not only in his name, but in
1529.w much more willingly if asked, not only in his name, but in his own very words!
1530.own very words!" The Church, accordingly, makes continual use of that diviiw pra
1531.evenin<^, Mi' j>i>rticalailv in the holy Sacrifice of the tuaa^ The iailhrMi it
1532. The iailhrMi it should recite it 'luily, morning and and recall often lo their
1533.e ye are children," children, and really be so!" adds St. Paul, " God has sent i
1534.pated his prayers and desires. Fear only that by your disobedience you may rende the same inheritance, we are not only to pray fop who are our brethren. By th
1536., : ; licence, and reveals himself fully to his elect without the It is to hea-
1537. davs and make them pass away pleasantly, because he founa it a never-failing so
1538.-uyor for so long a time, would certamly do him harm. He replied " No such thing
1539.ified. The name of God is of itself holy, and can acquire no new degree of sanct
1540. degree of sanctity but it is frequently diphonoured by the discourse and by the
1541.t we ask by these words is that the holy name of God may 4 I J*>- We 1. .J. i ;
1542.hc^e pale there is no salvation. Finally, there are bad Christians who do not se
1543.houghts in humbling ourselves protbundly before the divine Majesty, in never thi
1544.and hallow it by our actions with a holy awe and fear. in leading an exemplary l
1545. the glory of God as much as we possibly can of inducing others to honour him, a
1546.pre- — macy belongs to him necessarily and essentially so that none may quit o
1547.longs to him necessarily and essentially so that none may quit or escape from hi
1548.ipated and asby grace, obeys voluntarily and willingly all the inspirations of G
1549.y grace, obeys voluntarily and willingly all the inspirations of God, conforms i
1550.up to God, that he may possess it wholly, thai it as he pleases, detuchiiig it f
1551. pleases, detuchiiig it from all earthly affectiun, and from all human attachmen
1552.making this petition, we ought sinceiely to desire that the reign of sin, the do that He may be our sovereign and only master. If we are governed by bad habit
1554.d happen to us than to quit this earthly prison, erable —we miseries. How can
1555.6 Ion, DUTY OF THB CHRISTIAN he bitterly weeps over the remembrance of that heav over the remembrance of that heavenly Jerusalem, which is his true country he
1557. he often lifla up his eyes to that holy mountain, the dwelhng of peace, the lot
1558. him with glory and render him eternally happy. ; Example. —" The ?088 of my w
1559.mall conse* ; quence to me," said a holy martyr of the faith " heaven remains to
1560.EN. In order to obtain from our heavenly Father the inheritence which he reserve
1561.ts, give to my heart a love for thy holy ordinances." This they will : : divine us ? Yet this prayer is not seiiously made but when the heart agrees with the
1563.the tongue it would be to .speak falsely to God if WB asked of him with our lips
1564. us patient, and resigned, and perfectly conformed both in mind and heart to the
1565.o the decrees of We, therefore, can only say this j)rayei his Providence. well b
1566.selves to the will of God. fallen solely by preferring his own will to that of G
1567.own will to that of God, and be can only be saved by preferring the divine will proceedings were based on the finally, if he died the orders he had received
1569.of the rulers of thf judges to the early mirtyra; deliver yon up to the flar.ies
1570. them wo our duties. obey, but seek only the treasures of heaven." faithful to i \RTICLE V. GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BRiiAP Am mm of (jod, After the three f
1572.ons, which relate we ask of our heavenly Father all that body and of the soul. t
1573. to the ^lory is necessary for the daily life of the God is the sourre of all go
1574. satisfying our sensuality or but merely our bread, that is to say, what is abso, that is to say, what is absolutely necessary for our sub, accord
1576.ccording to our state again, wo are only to ask It fr> "' • prest ^ay, for Our
1577.s ProvidtMice. The manna was given daily to the Isi -lites in the desert, and du
1578. I iy' bread of the soul that we chiefly ask in this prayer. The food of our sou
1579.d of God, his divine grace, and the holy Eucharist. The word of God nourishes ou
1580.y we should renew that petition. Finally, the holy Eucharist is the food of our
1581.d renew that petition. Finally, the holy Eucharist is the food of our soul, as J
1582.oul, as Jesus Christ assures us " Verily, verily, I say unto you, if ye eat not
1583.Jesus Christ assures us " Verily, verily, I say unto you, if ye eat not the fles The first Christians received daily ahall have life eternal." this celestia
1585.ust be pure in order to receive the holy Eucharist, when we b«'g of God to give
1586.t, when we b«'g of God to give us daily the bread of life, we ask *' * - i 802
1587.ncy myself able to dispense Give me only wherewith to live, and teach with thy h
1588.hat I possess, so that I may continually give praise to thee, who art the Lord D
1589. children a perfect docility to his holy Law, together with a constant and invio
1590. the greater number abandon him entirely, violate his Commandments in the most e
1591.mes. Even the just themselves frequently fall into faults which afflict the Holy
1592. fall into faults which afflict the Holy Ghost they do not indeed commit those c
1593.every day, for our offences. He ha^ only introduced this petition into the praye
1594.D. renial, 308 can be remitted. God only pardons those who are : 4 sorry for hav
1595. for having offended him, and are firmly resolved to do But we must not dispense sure of our sins. of being favourably heard, and of attaining to a perfect :
1597.ffect our downfall he prowls incessantly around, seeking to devour us. t'inally,
1598.y around, seeking to devour us. t'inally, concu piscence, that is to say the inc arise within us, and if we constantly refuse to consent to the evil thing, th
1600.r; I '»' us those aire that We > are ly temp. plore the templet' ir weakgive iv
1601.ves so as not to expose ourselves rashly to danger, and if we beg the assistance
1602.calamities are called evils, it can only be because they disturb the soul, expos
1603.n but those ills which we bear patiently, far from being prejudicial to us, only
1604., far from being prejudicial to us, only serve to purify us, and contribute to o
1605.ver painful they earth on which entirely free ; ; ; : ; may be, they are, in the
1606.s to him bounds which he may not Finally, we ask of God that He may deliver us f
1607.ver fail to repeat this prayer regularly, whilst we still have a chance of bemg
1608.of The emperor the Catholics, constantly opposed his will. ordered the prefect M
1609.on, for I possess prefect For exile only a few books and the rags which cover me
1610.the Church pays her is of a kind totally distinct from that which she renders to
1611.on." She interests hers**lf particularly in the salvation of young people, whose ever invoke her in vain let us apply to her in temptation and in danger if a name on our lips, and more especially in our hearts she will console us, she
1614.une to fall into any sin, let us quickly have recourse to that Mother of Mercy s
1615.ues which shine forth in her, especially her profound humility and her inviolabl
1616. her inviolable purity, and let us apply ourselves to follow her wo may be be of
1617.ent use, and which she almost invariably joins to the Lord'i example. living By blessed These last words were shortly art thou amongst women." after repeated
1619. follow were added .by the Church " Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinne her powerful intercession. Hail, Holy Virgin you have borne in your chaste wo
1621.rce of that blessing which was shed Holy over the earth, and is diffused through
1622.ou have given us the example, especially those of humility and purity. Pray for
1623.aving said these prayers, he immediately rememl>ered his omission, instantly aro
1624.tely rememl>ered his omission, instantly arose from his bed, and kneeling down f
1625.ting the signal for the attack. Suddenly he remembered that he had not said hir
1626. way disturbed by their raillery, calmly went on with his prayers. Scarcely had
1627.almly went on with his prayers. Scarcely had he finished when the enemy made a f
1628.nd sound. Ever after, he never so lately scofi*ed at When the i:>y- .. ceased to
1629.his parents had taught bins in his eaily youth. JVew Month of Mary, The day of L
1630.h he was to onquer the entire 'J'he holy Pope Pius V., Philip II., king of Spain
1631. a vow to make a pilgrimage to that holy shrine. The Christians ot)tained what t
1632.o arrest that impetuous torrent, hastily quitted his* capital. He went out by on
1633.ered by another. Th'^ir plan was quickly formed, their. camp fearful seated, the
1634.eater if possible. But Mary, continually and confidently invoked, will never aba
1635.e. But Mary, continually and confidently invoked, will never abandon those who t
1636. day of the Assumption the fire suddenly stopped, and hope and courage revived i
1637., a solemn and, being filled with a holy ardour, and with reblessing newed confi first struck with fear, and instantly acknowledged that God alone could give
1639. of Loretto, which had been miraculously found; upon it were seen two angcU, sup
1640.s from this dangerous erit, if unhappily you have already adopted it it is inipo
1641.tue if you doubt it, hearken to the Holy Ghost who assures you in m thousand pla
1642.res you in m thousand places of the Holy Scripture, that justice, which signifie
1643. from a good conscience and consequently, that virtue, and virtue alone, renders
1644.tue, and virtue alone, renders man truly happy. Every where that He speaks of fi
1645.*rov. 13.) Observe that he does not only say, he shall find peace, he shall enjo
1646.w on for over. Hence that pure and hvely joy, ! ; ; i ' ':' it ^ rf • ' ' t
1647. obsei*ve the he shall be like a stately tree, planted by the running water, bea life, and that true happiness is only to be found in the exact fulfilment of
1649.ness who has tried both situations, only by the just. Happy laws of God — is
1650.version he had led a sensual and worldly life, and had passed many years in utte
1651.e may say so, on their brow. Undoubtedly, that calm, that blessed peace, is the
1652.time to fied your soul from sin the Holy Table, you experienced how sweet the Lo
1653.ed but Him, desired but Him, sighed only for little ; ; ; ' Him! With what joy w
1654.d in that truth, that happiness i» only to serving the Lord ; then you were pen
1655.the contrary, that virtue which formerly had so many rharms lor you, is now beco
1656.ance of your duty. If you had constantly walked in the ways of God, you would ev
1657.ion to still a resource, observe exactly the law of God, and to repress the very
1658.r yourself, and our heart is incessantly agitated until Vainly would I seek for is incessantly agitated until Vainly would I seek for happiness elseit repos
1660.or the wicked there inevitable m ed only for doom. He who has iniquity in But ho
1661.ded as I is am, that tin- litie s h only to of the just ihe wicked. e penetrated
1662.i 3' " ; 318 DUTY OP THE CHRISTIAIf holy law, and by that fidelity I shall procu ill of He was an old man, apparently dying, the fearful malady. and extended
1664. now »vorld, — pi. " you are entirely mistaken, I never murmured at my lot th
1665.herto preserved me. Oh Father how lovely is religion and what precious treasures
1666.will of God must be obeyed." " Certainly," replied the dying man, with a firm vo
1667.n God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, these three persons being but on
1668. God, the second person of the most Holy Trinity, was made man for love of us, a
1669.n, where they shall see God as He really is. 5. I believe that they who have liv
1670.I believe that they who have lived badly, and died in mortal sin, shall be damne
1671.Church, whose commandments are usu; ally six in 7. number. in that state to I be
1672.enance, Eucharist, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. 10. I believe th Baptism and that the Eucharist really contains the body and blood, soul and d
1674.necessi- will never fail to say devoutly his morning and 1^ evening prayers, and
1675.ening prayers, and to assist at the Holy Mass every day, if it be possible. 2. H
1676.ion of some pious book, such as the Holy Gospel, the Imitation of Christ, or the
1677.e marks books. of respect 4 He will only associate with prudent friends, and wil
1678.or* ourse to ^ying to iaptism, 111, Holy had the misfortune to fall into it. 6.
1679. to fall into it. 6. On Sundays and holy days he will assist with devotioi* at t
1680.e will assist with devotioi* at the Holy Mass, and the other offices of the Chur
1681.d belonging to the Church.^ » 7. Lastly, he will never forget that he is on the
1682.ever forget that he is on the earth only to serve God, and that his eternal happ
1683.; of the Altir and Acmits the tst really 'ur ine. Lord PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIR
1684. PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN. Most Holy Mother cred feet, 1 ; of God ! humbly p Mother cred feet, 1 ; of God ! humbly prostrate at thy sa ith fidelle should Virgin from all evil, and especially from bin, which would deprive me of the
1687.d, 29 Article VI. — MyRery of the Holy Trinity, 25 I. Introduction .... is p^g
1688.92 95 CHAP. IX.— I believe in the Holy Ghost, 97 I believe in the Holy Catholi
1689.the Holy Ghost, 97 I believe in the Holy Catholic Church, CHAP. Establishment of
1690.28 fi 34 34-37 38 CHAP. CHAP. . — holy the Sabbath day," 153 CHAP. V. — Of t
1691.first Commandment of the Church : " Holy days than shalt sanctify," Article II.
1692. CHAP. XIV.— Of the Capital, or deadly Sins—Art. I.— Pride, 105 106 . 109
1693.Of Extreme Unction, CHAP. VII.- -Of Holy Orders, CHAP. VIII.- —Of the Sacramen
1694.rticle V. — Give us this day our daily bread. Article VI. — Forgive us our t
1695. hj R ntMBber of th« Order of the Holy Crocs. Firit Eeader—Roy»i i8mo, 120

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