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1.   he Internet Archive in 2011 with funding from University of Notre Dame Hesburgh 
2. : NOTRE DAME STREET \ Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, B
3. ather the intention he had of publishing a book on subject, this and, his Holine
4. n subject, this and, his Holiness haying so, kindly encouraged him to do he went
5. object in view he began in by examining what society was the pagan world in reg
6. ll it of Christianity, notwith- standing the faith. too real decline of Then, fi
7. er of his book. One not in reader. thing was, how ever, r to be re- gretted, nam
8. Riche, therefore, decided on publishing separately, and at a very moderate pric
9. glory for the future. " is How charming, how divine, then, Catholicity, thus st
10. y me you. such a work? far me in sending By praise? It is would be beneath what
11. ses to them. choose, rather, penetrating your intentions, 14 to offer to Preface
12. d entire and on a scale that takes thing. it in every- With so vast a programme
13. programme required the art of condensing, the secret of which you have happily d
14. because you in have succeeded out being dry. " being brief with- The passages y
15. in have succeeded out being dry. " being brief with- The passages you have bor'
16. re for society depend. We what are going, then, to examine, under these differen
17. d bought the wife, who, legally speaking, be- came her his slave. She was sold b
18. og- nized, and, the legislator regarding it only as the transitory and fortui- t
19. the transitory and fortui- tous coupling of animals, the fruit thereof naturally
20. as 26 The Family. that, thought standing where a good i, uder- no longer existed
21. that a marriage which had become nothing more than a disunion might be legally d
22. pleaded such separations. So much being said, it must be remarked that divorce
23. pudiation prevented a wife from marrying again as soon as she wished. When moral
24. had also acquired the right of divorcing, in the ; absence of their husit bands
25. d to more than one husband, on returning home in after a long journey, to find h
26. his wife, who was on ; point of becoming a mother when and men like Maecenas, Ci
27. ightest motives really sufficed to bring about a separation between spouses. Adv
28. nced age, some slight illness, a passing infir- mity, or simply satiety, was eno
29. unished the second generation by passing into the " body of a woman," in the thi
30. in the third said Plato, and by passing into that of a brute." According surpri
31. passing into that of a brute." According surprising to these ideas find it is no
32. o that of a brute." According surprising to these ideas find it is not to woman
33. age continued without any- wise changing her dependence. fact, In whether she wa
34. as a patrician, by confarreation, taking the title of matron, and then she was f
35. lly from her hus- band only by remaining under the tutelage father ; of her fath
36. long to all self. without ever belonging to her- In this state of personal abase
37. sensual pleasure, it was not surprising that she should rush into it with avidi
38. d or in took a cruel pleasure exercising slaves her tyranny over subject to her.
39. with disgust presence of those revolting monstrosities. But volup- how can we tu
40. w Roman re- had been passed for- bidding colors, this women garments chariots, o
41. obliged to yield to the ever increasing demands of the matrons, and it was abol
42. nters whose functions were the arranging f their misFi- tresses in their rich ga
43. tishly adla- mitted their friends during the bor of certain details of their toi
44. o hesi- The in patrician had at flinging their head whatever came to her hand. e
45. 3 them, upon them and her strike pulling their hair, and tearing their face with
46. r strike pulling their hair, and tearing their face with nails. Some were still
47. ir own eyes, and whilst they were having themselves scent- ed with the most deli
48. to that the ma- tron thought of putting an end to the torments of her victims.
49. perors, publicly without any one raising his voice to denounce such infamous con
50. rations. The Family. science had nothing to do in 45 the matter, nor justice nei
51. shioned serpents, six to ten It weighing as much as from Roman pounds. was, neve
52. an was no longer thought worthy of being even the sport of his passions. And in
53. sed some public place, without troubling themselves any more about it. Thus dese
54. be devoured by dogs. sometimes worse ing beggars had possession of it, . Its lot
55. re he found no purto preit \ was nothing vent him from getting rid of by exposin
56. reit \ was nothing vent him from getting rid of by exposing it in some lonely st
57. vent him from getting rid of by exposing it in some lonely still place. What aut
58. uity had itself felt the need of placing under the protection of religion the un
59. ny. Je: made it sus Christ did something more He made it a sacrament. " Husbands
60. rch, proposed as model. In the beginning, marriage single was the union of one w
61. ism and in corruption. And at the coming of the Messiah the world a in multitude
62. son of the Pharisees, when they, asking Him whether to put it was lawful for a
63. that He who made man from the beginning made them male The Family. and female ?
64. man could have but one single according to the observation of the Council of Tr
65. of the Council of Trent. Notwithstanding the natural corruption of the human hea
66. be at * St, Matt. xix. 4, and following verses. 62 The Family. if least underst
67. sur- posed and, what is still it prising, He made accepted by the whole Christia
68. his wife for grave reason, after having answered to : them but that the two wer
69. away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so." * Thus Jesus Christ in-
70. ge was dissoluble in after the beginning ; and, having declared that he abro- ga
71. ble in after the beginning ; and, having declared that he abro- gates the permis
72. e permission the Jews had of repudiating their wives in certain cases, he recall
73. uble. * St. Matt. xix. 3, r,nd following verses. 64 The Family. This doctrine wa
74. er that St. Paul was right in concluding, writing to the Corinthians, " Let the
75. t. Paul was right in concluding, writing to the Corinthians, " Let the wife not
76. , committeth adultery and he who, having put away his wife for any cause whateve
77. t the yoke imposed it off, upon them ing, ; they shook fain roarit and would hav
78. ostles, condemned them with after having put her away. with the wife This text i
79. usband she marry another life, if during her husband's See ii. she shall be held
80. a dike was raised up before the rushing flood of audacious corruption. Yes, the
81. they were, could not help recogniz- ing the restoration of which they had been
82. tern nations, it who submitted according as they became ChrisIt also tian. took
83. r her longer inspires us with ? anything but horror and dislike separation would
84. that Ages rais- was a new itself was ing on the ruins of the pagan world, to who
85. ht to be given. Fi- modern times, seeing the emancipation of reason and the new
86. derstand that those churches did nothing abruptly, and only made use of their au
87. s. but firm guar- dian of her unchanging principles, she has all defended them a
88. he has all defended them against Summing up history on this 74 question, at thes
89. h existed in the begin- The Family. ning, 75 re- and which Jesus Christ establis
90. ty. Had more # Christianity done nothing for the family than to give for bases t
91. solubility, which we have been reviewing, even that tion was a restoraall which
92. mily. Nevertheless, thors of their being. Jesus Christ did not confine to this r
93. fallen, and He raised her by de- claring that all are equal in before God, and b
94. x or condition. This was evidently going to the root of the evil, its and destro
95. the root of the evil, its and destroying, at base, the slavery of woman. But, in
96. d from the height of His cross, pointing to Mary — O men ! who have only consi
97. and it The Family. found that in giving- to the 79 Mother of Jesus the venerati
98. on and affection it owed her it as being also its own Mother, included thus in t
99. again by His per- sonal example. During the years life of His public He allowed
100. y. to follow men Him in His journey- ing through Judea, and consented to receive
101. tless these women were and His it living personifications of His doctrine and Hi
102. n many were disciples had fled trembling; and even now, behold, many forgiven he
103. ey had especially the honor of seconding the priests in helping the poor, and si
104. onor of seconding the priests in helping the poor, and sick women. add that Chri
105. 3 seen Then were Christian wives gaining to the religion of Christ the hearts of
106. cuse Constantine and Justinian of having overthrown dence. the Roman pagan juris
107. ally pe- rished or withered away. living branches The only shall have come to us
108. nd, first, we see in Jesus Christ taking pleasure children. being amongst around
109. s Christ taking pleasure children. being amongst around braces He lets them come
110. her child, time a in little and, placing Him " the. I midst of His disciples: Am
111. sus. * St. Matt, xviii. 2, and following. The Family. But what strengthened trin
112. ger and the practice thus, of conferring it before the age of reason, gradually
113. o longer the horrible thought of getting rid of it by exposition or death, but i
114. rt of wor- and, when its it lay sleeping cradle, father or mother might have bee
115. mother might have been surprised bending over with it and kissing as its breast
116. rprised bending over with it and kissing as its breast veneration, a tabernacle
117. s a the arms of of His Mother, something the di- dignity that beamed from His vi
118. ple had no babe difficulty in respecting the the seal marked with of Jesus Chris
119. very naturally resulted ex- tinguishing serfdom and transform- ing the colonate
120. - tinguishing serfdom and transform- ing the colonate; and this said to maybe ci
121. this said to maybe civil be the starting-point of a progressive movement towards
122. nity did not confine itself to attacking it indirectly by the The Family. respec
123. st not the go further custom of exposing deeplylater, children, so general and s
124. leted his edict provisions by publishing an which compelled every father of a fa
125. hildren ; yet without rights. infringing on their natural Thus the head of the f
126. tain extent the right of disinherit- ing them all ; but he was stripped of the a
127. were not slow legislation, in receiving and hence came a is : mality the use of
128. - The Family. dren legitimate by placing juridically 101 them under the authorit
129. o present a if maghad spectacle, nothing come to impede its march towards is per
130. e Christian And the yet, notwithstanding all the efforts of the spirit of evil a
131. even 106 The Family. of dream recurring to them it by avowed also principles. t
132. iples. that, in But must be said ceasing to walk practically in tianity, the way
133. re fell —then he like a dethroned king. The outrageous abuses of the pagan fam
134. oo many families of Christianity? Having lost his Chris- tian rights over his fa
135. who owe him obedience to his ac- cording own theory, he recurs as far as he can
136. eir in the slaves of the family breaking the chain of it bondage; and then is th
137. there. God is no longer about Everything drifts without order and without subord
138. states whose subjects are revolt, acting only by . their own authority, and yet
139. y . their own authority, and yet keeping at their head as a matter of form the p
140. . They and Christians, without believing it; and is without wishing that what pr
141. out believing it; and is without wishing that what preserves them from complete
142. he days, woman to of our notwithstanding the decline participate special of fait
143. d receives from him the most persevering homage. As a young girl she is the deli
144. rial, And, on these titles, is something more than respect is that laid at her f
145. 15 Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day.
146. has * Proverbs, xxxi. 17, and following verses. i ; 6 The Family. strong cross
147. the woman of the world begins by feeling her physical strength benumbed, para- l
148. d, para- lyzed within her, and shrinking 1 18 The Family. sacrifice. from any so
149. at immorality, per- haps, in the reading that feeds the mind and heart of Behold
150. she at length evident decides on getting up. that It is she has no time to pray
151. ready After that visits, for the morning come the prolong hours of menade, the m
152. music; and so dinner comes, and evening, to begin again as on the 1 20 The Fami
153. rt, in those long days of toil ? Nothing, or almost nothing. After physical labo
154. ays of toil ? Nothing, or almost nothing. After physical labor she has need of r
155. hysical labor she has need of recruiting her strength, and she takes her meal ;
156. and her deception, ! amid never-failing and suffering bitterness, That woman of
157. tion, ! amid never-failing and suffering bitterness, That woman of the people, t
158. n sceptre in that their hands. departing from the Gospel they have lost that sce
159. s in a contrary sense, but both breaking in on the Christian harfamily. mony chi
160. tle ture is made a species of flattering only to the vanity and of its caprice p
161. dress it it coquettishly, and, producing in thus at your walks, parties, it in v
162. ur walks, parties, it in visits, evening and it at the theatre, you stal set for
163. head, and a disgust then, for everything serious. And when you have done all tha
164. s you have done in T Instead of stifling that young nature that inclinations the
165. that inclinations therein, were budding their you have precipitated ; growth mo
166. s will and now can you find that nothing 1 26 The Fam ily. As an inevi- longer s
167. ation, it will come to pass that nothing ; can please your children will that th
168. iscouraged, and elsewhere end by seeking in —perchance of vice the independenc
169. whom sacrificed those homes. Reflecting on the actual condi- tions of the famil
170. s of the family in general, medi- tating on the superiority tains over the its i
171. nt, no longer, to a great many, anything more than a mere formality. People forg
172. e condition, requisite for participating in sacra- mental fruits grace and recei
173. sacra- mental fruits grace and receiving the is of the nuptial benediction, ; pu
174. y resources ence. that, Is it surprising ruin after woe and should come upon the
175. an ages. all, Yes ; for, notwithstanding spirit that flows the Christian therefr
176. Y. : F impiety succeeded in per- suading Christ that the is is the world that no
177. he family found pre- vious to the coming of Christ The hol- great Christian curr
178. s ex- cited in liberty man and a feeling of personal dignity which into has the
179. t as a sacrament. There would be nothing more than a mere civil contract, contra
180. de general were there no longer anything more than natural and legal in marriage
181. elf England and the United accommodating though they So as not to be behind paga
182. aganism. Well, would in there be nothing more marriage, then, ; between God and
183. no longer be, in general, pair anything more than the interested casual, transi
184. he interested casual, transient coupling together of a man and a woman, who woul
185. han decorum, law, and policy. Mary being nothing more than the mother of a man,
186. rum, law, and policy. Mary being nothing more than the mother of a man, devotion
187. her, would disappear all the protecting influence she had hitherto exercised ov
188. the Cross That would have been something very strange for contemporaries centuri
189. t violently see- had been repressed, ing that there was no longer any principle
190. ger any principle capable of restraining them. We have already demon- strated th
191. were Christianity to no longer anything that youth, its who can passions incli-
192. agine the overflow of and the unchaining of nations ? its evil It would certainl
193. to shrink from the ruin they would bring on the family by denying the divinity o
194. hey would bring on the family by denying the divinity of Jesus Christ in the wor
195. be returned at 8 A. M. the next morning. Failure to return a Reserve book on ti

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