Sermons on the Catechism (Volume 1)

9781235771231: Sermons on the Catechism (Volume 1)
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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.1915 Excerpt: ... WAY STATIONS ON THE ROAD TO PERDITION "Thou shalt not commit adultery."--Exod. 20, 14. "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit, indeed, is willing, but the flesh is weak."--St. Matt. 26, 41. IN our first discussion of the Sixth Commandment I dealt with the evil of unchastity itself. In language as plain as my sense of propriety would permit, I endeavored to set forth the nature and results of this great sin. Of one thing I am confident; no exaggeration was used. If the words of those whose work has led them to make a special study of social evils may be taken without discount, and I see no reason for discounting them, it would be difficult to exaggerate either the extent or the hideousness of this evil. I continue this morning with the Sixth Commandment, but my aim is to present a treatment which will be of the nature of a preventative. I consider that prevention, in every respect, is better than cure. Years ago many of the districts of our southern country, and of Central America, were veritable plague spots. Malaria was constantly in the air. Yellow fever and other epidemics were liable to break out at any time in virulent form. But experts were put to work. They drained the swamps; they cleaned up the cities; they introduced methods of sanitation. The causes of ill-health were removed; and to-day thes« district, many Of them at least, are as healthful as those found elsewhere. There is not one where health conditions are not immeasurably better than they were before. This is, incomparably, the better way of fighting disease. This principle applies to the subject in hand. Unchastity is a noisome disease and highly infectious. We must combat the disease itself. We must do all we can to stay its ravages. But even where it is cure...

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