Sunday, August 16, 2009

Principles and Practices - August 17

God Alone Is Able

Hell cannot destroy sin. The penances, tears, and merits of the saints are powerless, of themselves, to efface a single mortal sin. He who is in that sad state has nothing to expect from angels and men; they could pray for him, but not remove his sin. God alone, the merits of Jesus Christ alone, can withdraw the sinner from the abyss into which he has fallen, blot out his sins, and reconcile him with heaven. O my God, how great an evil is sin! - Why do we so little understand it?

-F. Girardey. C.SS.R.
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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