Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Principles and Practices - December 24


From considering the elements of piety, it appears that it is before all else a matter of the intelligence and of the will. The intelli­gence sees, the heart loves, and action follows. As long as the intelligence cannot see, or sees amiss, piety is false or null. Piety begins in the intelligence, continues by the will, and ends in action. It is the highest exercise of man's faculties. It has its begin­ning in truth, its centre and climax in charity, its fulfilment in liberty.

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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