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 surely may suffice to show how pleasant the way of virtue is, and that the delights of this world are not to be compared with what the just enjoy. For what comparison is there between light and darkness, Christ and Belial, between the pleasures of earth and those of heaven, the satisfactions of the flesh, and those of the spirit, the thoughts which come from the creature, and those from the Creator ? It is certain the more excellent it is, the more capable it is of contenting us. What did the prophet mean else, when he said, " Better a little to the just, than the great riches of the wicked !" Ps. xxxvi. 10. And in another place: " I had rather be the abject person in the house of my God, than dwell in the tabernacles of sinners ; "Ps. lxxxiii. 11. These words of the Spouse, in the Canticles, teach us the same lesson : " Thy breasts are better than wine." And a little lower : " We will be glad and rejoice in thee, remember my breasts more than wine " (Cant. i. 1, 3) ; that is to say, we will think of the most delicious milk of comforts, and caresses more sweet than wine, with which you feed your spiritual children at your breasts. It is certain, that neither material wine nor material milk is meant here; for by these are understood the pleasures of the world, which the lewd woman in the Apocalypse (xvii.), seated over many waters, clothed in scarlet and holding a golden cup in her hand, made the inhabitants of Babylon drunk with; thus drowning their senses, that they might be heedless of their ruin.