The only kind of innocence which is of any practical value in a world full of allurements to sin is that which springs from self-control.
The mere negative innocence which springs from ignorance is a source of danger except to the very few who are privileged to lead sheltered and protected lives.
To preserve innocence, dangerous thoughts must be shaken off at once as so many thirsty red-hot sparks of hell-fire.
Dalliance is fatal, because during every moment of slackness and delay the power of resistance grows perceptibly weaker.
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