The Lives of St. Thomas of Villanova, Archbishop of Valentia, and Augustinian Friar

The Lives of St. Thomas of Villanova, Archbishop of Valentia, and Augustinian Friar

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...The good prelate replied to him who brought an account of this, "Without doubt this theologian is a good man, but of the number of those fervent ones mentioned by St. Paul as possessing zeal without knowledge." He then ordered the canon, Non potest, qua-zst. 4, cans. 23, which is taken from the third chapter of the second book of St. Augustine, to be brought and read to him, where this holy Doctor expressly instructs prelates and all ecclesiastical superiors, that when they find that a vice 'is very deeply rooted it is better to have recourse to our Lord by prayers and tears, reproving the sinner in the spirit of love and charity, than to take tl1e sword in hand and excite the passions of men by excommunications and censures. " Is that good man who does not entertain these sentiments aware," said he, "of the care and pains I have taken to correct those against whom his anger is directed? Have I not reproved and exhorted them several times, both in public and private, and mentioned them as incorrigible to the viceroy and governor of Valentia? Let him in short inquire whether St. Augustine and St. John Chrysostom, those two great lights of the church, used anathemas and excommunication, to arrest the progress of drunkenness and swearing, which were so common amongst the people under their care? No: for they were too wise and too prudent. They did not think it right to exchange a little good for a great evil, nor inconsiderately to use their authority, and thus excite the aversion of those whose friendship they wished to obtain in order to influence them for their good." The prudence of the Saint shone conspicuously in the invention of certain means, equally ingenious and innocent, that he sometimes...show more

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  • Paperback | 76 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236903099
  • 9781236903099