Friday, 10 February 2017

The Catholic Church Alone. The One True Church of Christ. Part 212.

SIX VOLUMES IN ONE BY THE DISTINGUISHED EXPONENTS OF CATHOLICISM

REV. HENRY DODRIDGE, D. D. REV. HENRY EDWARD MANNING, D. D.REV. F. LEWIS, of Granada REV. STEPHEN KEENAN REV. BERNARD VAUGHAN, S. J. REV. THOMAS N. BURKE, O. P. 


This providence is so powerful, that it not only delivers us from evil and leads us to good, but what is more, very often, by a wonderful effect, draws even good out of evil, which sometimes God permits the just themselves to fall in. This happens when, repenting for their sins, they thence take occasion to become more circumspect, more humble, and more grateful to God, for the mercies he has shown them, in freeing them from the danger they were in, and in pardoning them all their faults. It is in this sense the Apostle says, "that all things work together unto good to them that love God;" Rom. viii. 28.

If, therefore, these favours so highly deserve our admiration, how much cause have we to wonder at God's being so careful of their children, of their whole posterity, and of all that belongs to them? As himself has assured us, when he said, "I am the Lord thy God, mighty, jealous, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: and showing mercy unto thousands to them that love me, and keep my commandments; " Exod. xx. 5, 6. We find him as good as his word to David, whose race he would not destroy after a great many years, though several of them had deserved it for their sins; Kings viii. 19. Another example of his care we have in Abraham, whose posterity he pardoned so often for their father's sake. This care of his went so far as to promise Abraham that he would bless his son Ismael, though he were born a slave, " that he would make him increase, and multiply him exceedingly; and that he should grow into a great nation;" Gen. xvii. 20. And all this only because he was Abraham's son. We have yet a further proof hereof, in God's conducting Abraham's servant through the whole journey, and instructing him in his duty when he went to seek a wife for Isaac; ch. xxiv. Nor has he only been merciful to a servant for the sake of a good master, but even to wicked masters for their pious servant's sake; ch. xxxiii. 22, 23. Thus we see he bestowed great favours on Joseph's master, though a heathen, in consideration of the virtuous young man who lived with him. What mercy can exceed this ? Who will not serve such a master, who is so liberal, even so thankful to those that do him any service, and so careful of everything which belongs to them?