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The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints: Compiled from Original Monuments, and Other Authentic Records: By the REV Alban Butler

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called such external goods conveniences, not good things, because, said they, virtue alone deserves the name of good.(l) This is our glory, our riches, and our happiness in time and eternity. To acquire and continually improve in ...
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called such external goods conveniences, not good things, because, said they, virtue alone deserves the name of good.(l) This is our glory, our riches, and our happiness in time and eternity. To acquire and continually improve in ourselves this inestimable treasure is the great business of our lives. Yet how careless are the generality of mankind in this particular ! Many spare no pains to cultivate their minds with science, or to excel in accomplishments of the body, and in every qualification for the world, yet neglect to reform and regulate their heart. Half that attention which they give to their body or studies, would make them perfect in virtue. An hour, or half an hour a day, employed in holy meditation, pious reading, and self-examination would be of infinite service in this most important and noble study. This would teach us the divine maxims of virtue, inspire us with its sublime sentiments, and instruct us in its exercises; and a constant attention and watchfulness in all our actions would inure us to the practice, and ground us in perfect habits of it. Were we but thus to learn well one virtue every year, we should soon be perfect saints. Holy kings upon the throne never suffered any avocations or business to be an impediment to this earnest application to the science of a Christian. Virtue no sooner gains the empire in the hearts of men but it rules and sanctifies the whole circle of their actions, makes all the employments of their state an uninterrupted exercise of its variousacts, and advances daily in fervour and perfection. ST. JUSTUS, ARCHBISHOP OF LYONS, C. His virtues rendered him so conspicuous whilst he served the church of Vienne in quality of deacon, that he was advanced to the metropolitan see of Lyons about the year 350. In this exalted station he sh...
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  • ISBN-13: 9781170169667
  • Publisher: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Pages: 580
  • Product dimensions: 9.69 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Quite a few typos

    Great work but takes some time to read as there are misprints.

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