Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Principles and Practices - October 29

We Must Be Pure

What must we do to secure our salvation?
We must be pure and wage a constant war against impurity, the seal of Satan.

'He who desires to be saved,' says Origen, 'must, before all, be pure. To pretend to secure salvation without practising the angelic virtue and whilst indulging in lust, is a gross error, an illusion, a folly.'

'Be not deceived,' says Clement of Alexandria; 'there are no real Christians, except those who are chaste.'

'Chastity,' says Tertullian, 'is the foundation of all holiness; when it is attacked, everything crum­bles and only ruins remain.'

-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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