A Manual of Instructions in Christian Doctrine (Classic Reprint)by John George Wenham
The principal object with which this little work was written was to assist those who are employed in teaching others; and the first editions having, as it would seem, been chiefly expended amongst those for whom it was thus designed, it has been thought that it might be of further service to them to furnish
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The principal object with which this little work was written was to assist those who are employed in teaching others; and the first editions having, as it would seem, been chiefly expended amongst those for whom it was thus designed, it has been thought that it might be of further service to them to furnish, not merely the matter of religions instruction, but some hints, founded on experience, on the most successful manner of imparting it.
In general, the success with which a subject is taught will be in proportion to the importance which the teacher attaches to it, and the consequent pains which he or she takes in teaching it. It is, then, quite to the purpose to begin with a few considerations showing the supreme importance of religious instruction.
Importance of Religious Instruction. - 1. It is so, of course, of itself, apart from all accidental circumstances; for it is the knowledge of what is necessary to fulfil the end of our being, the salvation of our souls. Other knowledge is to enable men to succeed and play their part in this world; but religion is what is to prepare men for eternity.
2. There are circumstances which make religious instruction specially important with us at the present. There were many countries, and there are still some, in which the influence of good homes, and the spirit and tradition of the place, are sufficient to bring young people into a practical acquaintance with at least all that is necessary for them in order to save their souls. They fall naturally into the ways and feelings of those amongst whom they live. But with us it is not so. The spirit of the times is irreligious and infidel. The traditions of this country are against Catholic feeling and practice.
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