The Trials of a Mind in Its Progress to Catholicism

The Trials of a Mind in Its Progress to Catholicism

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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. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...for the change; Hence the baptism of infants, as St. Augustine says, could " not be believed at all were it not an Apostolic tradition," yet because it was an Apostolic tradi-' tion, it was received with-as much readiness of faith as if it had been explicitly commanded in the New Testament, although in that blessed book it is not so much as named. The same, as St. Augustine further remarks, must be said in regard to " prayers, and sacrifices, and alms for the dead," with invocation of Saints, and many other-doctrines flowing directly from that deep well of Christian truth--the divine mystery of the Incarnation. Another fact was urged against the present Catholic teaching, viz., that immediately subsequent. 'to the Apostles' day, no traces, or at least very faint 'ones, of certain points in this teaching are discoverable in the doctrines and practices of the Church. This fact I could not but admit; but found in the doctrine of tradition its perfect solution. The "depositum" of truth entrusted to the Church, in the person of the eleven disciples, by Him whose sayings and doings swelled so far beyond the written Gospels,"" was not, as the Fathers testify,1' at first fully unfolded to the gaze of the unregenerate world, nor even to the babes in Christ, except as they were gradually made able to comprehend and appreciate it. The reason may be found in the injunction of our Lord " not to cast pearls before swine," and in that of St. Paul, that "babes in Christ must-be fed with milk, and not with meat, till they are able to bear it." Hence I saw why many things, although fully revealed to the Church, and of the highest importance in themselves, seem now to more

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  • English
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