Life of the Rt. REV. Wm. Quarter, D.D., First Catholic Bishop of Chicago
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1920 edition. Excerpt: ...the way he should listen, lay down the rules, &c, but he directs him to put his ear to the ground, and by the effect produced upon a material organ, by the exercise of that organ until it is capable of distinguishing those sounds, does he train him. If he wishes him to excel in the various accomplishments of savage life--in lying in wait--in ambush--in daring attack--in courage--in contempt of pain--of fatigue--in revenge--he practises him in the same manner by the exercise of the material instrument, until he is worthy to become a chief of his tribe; and yet if we reflect but one moment, we will be satisfied that it is the mind, which thus manifests itself through its exercised material organ, and accomplishes his purpose. Thus should it be with us. If we wish our children to excel in the accomplishments of civilized life--if we wish them to be modest, humble, virtuous in the most extended sense, --a solace to our gray hairs, we must exercise and cultivate in them the virtues we wish them to possess. We Must Make THIS EXERCISE A PART OF THEIR DAILY LIFE. We must educate the conscience;--we must educate all the feelings, in order that they may become the sources of happiness here, and of hope hereafter. We will then learn how much easier it is to practise virtue than vice;--how much easier it will be to make the world a better place. Man does not come from the hand of his Creator necessarily vicious, he is made so by an erroneous education; and if we would remedy this error, we must search for its source, and we will find that it is in the ignorance of the fact, that the virtues must be cultivated as well as the physical organs, in order that they should be vigorous. How erroneous then is that course of education which excludes religious...
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