Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Principles and Practices - June 18

The Source of Happiness

The first principle of the Christian faith is to walk in the presence of God; this means to live in the fear of God. We must ever look towards God and carry Him in our hearts - that is, with the wondering eyes of belief we must marvel at His unending greatness and perfection; we must in thankful love worship His unbounded goodness and wisdom. This is intercourse with Him, in which nothing hard or unpleasant, nothing bitter or irk­some can be found; it means that as often as we look up to Him, we receive new incentives and graces and are refreshed, strengthened, and instructed by Him.

-Von Oer-Bothmer.
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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