Introduction to the Devout Life

Introduction to the Devout Life

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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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...yourself aside from all the approaches and allurements of incontinency; for this evil works insensibly, and, from small beginnings, advances to great results, which are always more easily avoided than cured. Human bodies are like glasses, which cannot be carried together, touching one another, without running the risk of being broken, or like fruits, which, though ever so sound and seasonable, yet by touching one another are impaired. Water itself, in a vessel, be it ever so fresh, being once touched by any beast of the earth, cannot long retain its freshness. Never suffer any one, Philothea, to touchyoufamiliarly, either in the way of sport, or in the way of love; for though perhaps chastity may be preserved in those actions rather light than lewd, yet the freshness and flower of chastity always receives some detriment and loss; but to suffer yourself to be touched immodestly is the utter ruin of chastity. The source of chastity is the heart, and the body is its subject; and therefore it may be lost either by the exterior senses of the body, or the interior thoughts and desires of the heart. It is impurity to behold, to hear, to speak, to smell, or touch any thing immodest, the heart entertaining itself, and taking pleasure in it. St. Paul says positively, let not fornication be so much as once named amongst you. The bees not only have an aversion to carrion, but avoid and hate extremely all sorts of stench which proceed from it. The sacred spouse in the Canticles1 has her hands distilling myrrh, which is the 1 Cant. v. 5, iv. 3, iv. I, i. 10, vii. 4. antidote against corruption; her lips are bound with a scarlet ribbon, the mark of her modesty in her words; she has the eyes of a dove, to signify their cleanliness; her ears have gold...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741412
  • 9781236741417