Excerpt from Conferences for Boys
F, as is generally claimed, the welfare of holy Mother Church de pends largely' upon well-instructed, loyal and pious men of the laity, sodalities for boys and young men should hold an important place among the organizations of every parish. One cannot gather figs from thistles; nor can one expect that the men of to - morrow will rally around the standard of Christ, if the boys of to-day are permitted to shift for themselves in religious matters.
Even though a small parish contain but twenty boys and young men, these twenty deserve as much attention and supervision as the hundreds of a larger parish. If these twenty boys are neglected it will soon mean twenty men sadly lacking in filial devotion and loyalty to holy Mother Church. Nor is this all. These twenty, whether they stay at home or scatter abroad, will exert an inﬂuence for the worse. They will help to tear down' where we try to build up.
There IS no parish so small but it should have well-conducted sodal ities, not only for girls and married women, but for boys and men as well. Pious girls and women are of great help to the parish; but if there be a dearth of religious-minded and dutiful boys and men, the parish must soon lose ground. Where boys have no sodality to regulate the performance of their religious duties, they will receive the Sacra ments when they feel like it, which will, at best, mean once or twice a year. Such boys will not supply the well-instructed and pious men that are needed in our day. A well-conducted sodality will, in its pro motion of frequent holy Communion among men, be a powerful means of restoring all things in Christ.
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