Thursday, January 15, 2009

Principles and Practices - January 16

Our Awful Freedom

Because man has free will he may refuse to acknowledge what his intellect discloses. He may take no heed to, or positively reject, the fact that there is a God, together with all con­sequences, which naturally follow from this great fact. Free will then intimately enters into the duty or observance of worship. It argues a willingness to accept facts, and from very consistency, at least, a willingness to adjust itself according to these facts. Hence man here shows somewhat of appreciation, and because this is free and freely acquiesced in somewhat of appreciative love.

From Principles and Practices
Compiled by Rev. J. Hogan of The Catholic Missionary Society
Published by Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., Publishers To The Holy See
Nihil Obstat; Eduardus J. Mahoney, S.T.D. Censor deputatus.
Imprimatur; Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius generalis.
First printed in 1930

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