Monday, October 05, 2009

Principles and Practices - October 6

Modesty Is Necessary

There are those who make little or no account of what appears in the exterior, under pre­tence that perfection consists not in modesty and silence, but in the interior, and in the practice of true and solid virtues. This, however, is an error; for though all agree that the very essence of perfec­tion consists in purity of heart, in charity, and the love of God, yet no man will ever attain these unless he be extremely careful in guarding his senses, and in the observance of exterior modesty.

-Alphonsus Rodriguez.
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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