Saturday, December 19, 2009

Principles and Practices - December 20


The perfection to which a Christian can attain is only relative. It consists in tending un­ceasingly and without flagging or desistance towards absolute perfection. This, however, re­mains an ideal which must be the more indefatigably pursued inasmuch as it is not altogether to be fully attained. To strive constantly to realize within that full and perfect justice which excludes all sin, however slight, such is the vocation of the fervent Christian; He who develops charity within himself in such a way as habitually to avoid mortal sin and to reduce the number of lighter faults, has entered the way of perfection and may be called a perfect Christian.

-P. Pourrat.
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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