Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Principles and Practices - April 21

Pious and Perfect

The perfect soul lives continually in the presence of God; not one of its daily actions is influenced by human considerations, they are all inspired by motives of faith. Its love for God is the mainspring of its life. What good works it accomplishes, what prayers, what labours, what sacrifices! The pious soul, still divided between love for God and self-love, falls far below these heights of virtue. The labours of the latter may be praiseworthy, but they are not supernaturally inspired.

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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