Monday, November 16, 2009

Principles and Practices - November 17

A Great Danger

False shame is a constant and great danger in that it prevents us from professing our faith, and is a means by which it may be weakened, and at last lost altogether.

It makes us guilty of not fulfilling the duties of charity, of not giving alms, of not saying a kind word, of not greet­ing people of lowly position and associating with them kindly. It silences the tongue, when it was about to rebuke justly, to give them advice, or to speak holy words. If superiors, parents, masters, and heads of households refrain, through a feeling of false shame, from fulfilling. the duties of their office, they commit a very serious fault; but each one of us must put away the fear of man, when the honour of God and the salvation of our fellow­ creatures demands it.

-S. Von Oer, O.S.B.
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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