Excerpt from Lives of the Apostles and Early Martyrs of the Church, Vol. 1
Excellent as is this lesson, and important as it is to impress the mind early with the con viction that it is necessary to resign our own ways for God's, and to sacrifice our own wills in obedience to His commands, it seems cer tain, that something more should be added. Young persons who evince a willingness to conform to the rules of self-control merit beyond all doubt every encouragement; and, instead of confining ourselves to assuring them that they will receive hereafter the promised reward of the righteous, they should, as far as it is possible, be allowed a foretaste of heaven even here it should be permitted to them to experience, that, as with the practice of divine wisdom, so with its study, all her ways are pleasantness, and all her paths peace. 2.
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