St. Alphonsus Ligouri does a wonderful job at expanding on the line from Holy Scripture, "For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?" (Matthew 16:26) He writes that we ought to conform to the will of God and he quotes St. Gregory stating our life will be a complete error if we neglect to follow the will of God. "For this is the will of God, your sanctification." (I Thessalonians 4:3) The religious life is a source of complete happiness while the world suffers in its false pleasures. The religious life is also a source of peace and joy that the world cannot give. And who in the world has true peace of soul? "In his dying moments Phillip II King of Spain, sent for his son, and throwing off his royal robes, showed him his breast eaten away by worms, and said to him, 'Prince behold how we die, and how the grandeurs of this world end. Oh that I had been a lay brother in some religious community, and had not been king!'" St. Alphonsus writes: “a single bad book will be sufficient to cause the destruction of a monastery.” Pope Pius XII wrote in 1947 at the beatification of Blessed Maria Goretti: “There rises to Our lips the cry of the Saviour: 'Woe to the world because of scandals!' (Matthew 18:7). Woe to those who consciously and deliberately spread corruption-in novels, newspapers, magazines, theaters, films, in a world of immodesty!” We at St. Pius X Press are calling for a crusade of good books. We want to restore 1,000 old Catholic books to the market. We ask for your assistance and prayers. This book is a photographic reprint of the original The original has been inspected and many imperfections in the existing copy have been corrected. At Saint Pius X Press our goal is to remain faithful to the original in both photographic reproductions and in textual reproductions that are reprinted. Photographic reproductions are given a page by page inspection, whereas textual reproductions are proofread to correct any errors in reproduction.
St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori CSSR, Paperback, ISBN 10: 1449519113, ISBN 13: 9781449519117