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“The World” is the sum and mass of evil tradition and practice - The first characteristic of “The World” is Indifference to God and the soul, and the being contented with the present life - The second is, Pride and independence - The third is Sensuality, and recklessness in exposing ourselves to...
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A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few...
Did you not know that I must be about the things that are my Father’s? (Luke 2 : 49) A boy of twelve years, full of heavenly wisdom and knowledge, in the midst of the doctors of the Temple, asking and answering questions and astonishing all who listen to him — what a strange and wonderful...
Question: Mr. B., a firm believer in modern methods of public sanitation, has made provision in his will that after his death his body shall be cremated. May he receive the last Sacraments and Christian burial, and why is the Church so opposed to cremation? Answer: All civilized nations, both...
Case: Adolf, a college student, mentions, in confession, that it appears to him that he has frequently sinned against faith. He says his faith is not strong, he is continually in a state of wavering, only his will to believe keeps him in the faith. The chief cause of his doubts is the attitude...
I. Charity The Peculiar Virtue of Christ Our Divine Saviour shows both by precept and example that His favourite virtue, His own and, in a certain sense, characteristic virtue, was charity. Whether He treated with His ignorant and rude Apostles, with the sick and poor, or with His enemies and...
Case: Claudia, a very sensible and staid woman, tells her confessor the following experience: Solution: The chief points which the confessor must here consider are the following : The confessor is not at liberty to doubt the possibility of such apparitions ( Deo sic volente), or abruptly...
Si habuero omnem scientiam, caritatem autem non habuero nihil sum. In our converse with fellow-priests let us, above all things, have constant mutual charity. 1 It is better than prophetic gifts, than miraculous powers, than all knowledge, than even the faith that moveth mountains. It is proof...
If we love God, we must be zealous for the souls of men - Love of our neighbour a test of our love of God - Especially are we bound to try to give spiritual help - The October prayers - Catholicism without zeal for souls sure to decay - Letter of Pope Leo XIII to the English - What Union means -...
1. The nature of backbiting. Its various species. Its gravity. In 1617 someone published a volume entitled, The Horseman’s Book: The Art of Riding, treating the use of bridles, whips, guides, and so on. Such a title is of a nature to give rise to sad thoughts. We have learned how to make bits...
Preface As Lent is a time for humbling ourselves, it is above all a time for meditating on humility. The following pages, which present under some of its various aspects this primary and most necessary virtue, are based in great measure on the beautiful little treatise issued by Our Holy Father...
All Catholics are divided into . . . No. For once it is not the easy and bromidic division of ‘all Gaul.’ All Catholics are divided into so many classifications that one faces with a sinking heart their differences and discordant views (on all save essentials), their varying degrees of...
All Hallows College, Dublin A little personal reminiscence that has the happy merit of being true may serve as an introduction to this booklet on Lying. In January, 1937, I happened to be traveling by train from Dublin to Cork. My immediate neighbour in the compartment was a middle-aged...
Following a custom established by your order, you have assembled this evening at a Vesper service to give expression to your faith as a Catholic organization, and to honor the memory of Columbus, whose name you bear and whose discovery of America you commemorate this day. Beautiful as is this...
The storm that broke over the ugly world on Good Friday died out and burned away in the angry red of the sunset sky. The people hurried back to their homes, glad that the whole mess was over. A few faithful souls carried to a borrowed grave the broken body of the Man Who had claimed to be leader...
In the last issue of the Review we published a schedule of the relative income allowed the French clergy under the Concordat regime. The table shows how very modestly the average parish priest had to live if he would make ends properly meet. Since then a writer in the Boston Evening Transcript...
There is an Eastern tale called “The Peri and Paradise,” which very aptly introduces our subject. One of the fallen angels, so the story goes, was somehow left hovering between heaven and earth. He was given a chance to regain paradise if only he could find on earth the one thing most highly...
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