Excerpt from The Life of St. Mary Magdalene, or the Path of Penitence
IN the unhappy times in which we live there are very few who preserve their baptismal innocence. That beautiful sanctity which excludes even the knowl edge of sin, and clings to God with the gnv'eless heart of a child, is indeed rare asn lug us. The tendency of our age is to exalt the natural above the spiritual, to expel the great king from His rightful throne, and to make religion the servant of our convenience or temporal wants. We are willing to be religious a few mo ments in the year, to ease the burden of conscience, or to smooth the pathway of.
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