Monday, December 14, 2009

Principles and Practices - December 15


There are not a few who act and speak as if the pleasant things were always wrong and the unpleasant things mostly right, who feel it a reason sufficient in itself for not doing a thing that they like it.

Before their eyes there ever stretches the dreary and barren road of duty, en­circled on all sides by the rich and fair pastures that are forbidden.

As soon even as a duty becomes a pleasure they feel that it has begun to lose its value.

Such is not the teaching of Our Lord in the Beati­tudes. He would have men realize that the pathway of virtue is rich with happiness, that the struggle after the virtues which He commands is the struggle after the truest, highest, and most enduring form of happiness.

-B.W. Maturin.
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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