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Dignity and Duties of the Priest, or Selva by St Alphonsus by St Alphonsus de Liguori

By St Alphonsus de Liguori

Dignity and tasks of the Priest, or Selva: a suite of fabrics for Ecclesiastical Retreats, Rule of lifestyles and non secular principles via St Alphonsus de Liguori. observe.
WE start the sequence of works composed in particular for the clergy. The paintings that comes first seemed in 1760 after the real wife of Jesus Christ, whilst the writer had attained the age of sixty-four. it's the fruit of researches and of reviews that he had made in the course of approximately 40 years, both for the aim of regulating his personal behavior, or of directing ecclesiastical retreats, and routines which, by means of order of the archbishop, he preached for the 1st time to the clergy of Naples, in 1732, whilst he have been a clergyman basically six years. He was once then considered as a version for imitation, and as a grasp worthwhile of being entrusted with the obligation of teaching ministers of the sanctuary of each grade.

This ebook is person who has had such a lot luck, therefore giving us a excessive proposal of the great that it has effected. It was once right away translated into the central languages of Europe. There are at the very least 5 translations of it in French, between which the interpretation by way of Mgr. Gaume, an writer of very many invaluable works, deservedly holds a excessive rank. To a number of of those translations the 1st be aware of the Italian name Selva 2 has been given, the notice Selva which means wooden, wooded area, fabric, number of the interpretation of this we provide because the sub-title of the paintings. we've got, in spite of the fact that, hottest to offer to this paintings and to this quantity a name that truly expresses its aim.
As to the price and software of this assortment, we enjoy quoting the next passage from the preface of Mgr. Gaume:
"We have Massillon, Sevoy, le Miroir du clergé What have you ever ? 3 professionals which are surely first rate; yet they're, in any case, deepest gurus, and your cause, so usually the dupe of such specialists, hesitates, distrusts, and utilizing its correct, judges, adopts, rejects, and not increases itself to a philosophical religion. priceless normally, those works monuments of eloquence or of piety suffice now not at present day.

To the massive improvement of blunders we needs to oppose the analogous improvement of fact; to this invasion of personal spirit we needs to oppose the enforcing authority of the Catholic spirit. learn Selva, and say if it is attainable to arrive this lead to a greater demeanour. here's no longer mans inspiration that's given to you generally on your notion: it's the considered a while; it isn't the Bishop of St. Agatha; it truly is completely culture that preaches that instructs, that forbids, that instructions, that encourages, or that terrifies. This booklet is as a sacred tribune from which converse one after one other the prophets, the apostles, the apostolic males, the martyrs, the solitaries, the main illustrious pontiffs of the East and the West, the main well-known medical professionals, the main skillful masters of the technology of the saints, the successors of St. Peter and the councils, the organs of the Holy Ghost; in a observe, antiquity, the center a while, glossy occasions, the whole Church.

"In the midst of this august meeting what does the holy bishop do? almost always he limits his activity to the modest function of a narrator; usually even he leaves to you the care of drawing conclusions. There are not any lengthy reasonings, inductions, distinctive interpretations. during this consist the actual advantage and providential personality of Selva. greater than at the other epoch did the area and the clergy, who may still retailer the realm, stand short of Catholic notion, and the saint provides it natural and whole; he feared to weaken it through mingling his personal with it."

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