Instructions on the Doctrines, Duties, and Resources, of the Catholic Religion

Instructions on the Doctrines, Duties, and Resources, of the Catholic Religion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...do justice to yourself, and abjure it in future. Imitate, in this regard, the conduct of St. Teresa. She was educated from her infancy in the school of devotion, but by degrees fell into a langour, that nearly proved her ruin. She tells us herself that this deplorable alteration was principally caused by reading romances. But God favoured her with the grace of discovering her error; and she found, in books of piety, the antidote to her tepidity and the means of recovering her fervour Say not that you read such writings for the sake of improvement, to cultivate your mind or to form your style. All these advantages you may draw from purer and safer sources. Excellent compositions, in every branch, and which may be read without danger, are universally to be met with. Consult some intelligent friend. He will point out to you more works that unite the utility of science with the graces of style, than you will be able to run through in the course of a long life. If you give the preference to such as are calculated to corrupt you, it will be but candour to own that passion not reason directs your choice. Iadd that all the advantages the world can afford you, are not worth being purchased at the expense of your innocence. It is thyself, O God! who speakest to us by the medium of good books. To read them is to hear thee, the fountain of information, the source of all truth. On the contrary, it is the devil we converse with, whenever we give our time to the perusal of bad books. These organs ho employs to effect our destruction. Shall I then be so miserable, so injurious to myself, as to choose such a preceptor, and take lessons from him? What can I expect to learn in his school of impiety? He is the father of lies, of error and of vice. He would...show more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236935608
  • 9781236935601