Saturday, August 29, 2009

Principles and Practices - August 30

Something Must Go

Every great end, temporal or spiritual alike, is gained by cutting off affections which are disorderly in reference to that end and positively stand in its way. Now to deny oneself is simply to cut off affections, to go against likings and dislikes, in view of some end which the judgement pronounces better than those distracting gratifications. The student is called upon 'To scorn delights and live laborious days.' He will never know much, if he cannot cut down his amusements to necessary and reasonable limits. He that contends in the race, restrains himself in all things.

-Rickaby, S.J.
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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