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True Men As We Need Them

A Book of Instruction for Men in the World

ByRev. Bernard O'Reilly

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We are writing for men of the world, not for the apostolic men who have to keep alive and spread the Christian faith by their ministrations and example, nor for those who seclude themselves from the world to become Christlike by the practice of self-denial and self-sacrifice. Our instruc­tions are intended to benefit laymen of all classes, as dis­tinguished from the priest, the monk, or the hermit. Not that the manly virtues here inculcated and illustrated are not necessary to all those who believe in the dread responsibilities of human conduct and expect an eternal reward for the excellence required of all God's servants, ­but that the perfection demanded of religious orders and the consecrated ministers of God's word, is higher in degree and differs in kind, in many respects, while the sterling qualities of heart and soul demanded of true men of the world are to be measured by the peculiar duties and exi­gencies of their worldly position. Moreover, the True Men whom we have here before our mind's eye, and we have been blessed by acquaintance with many such, combine in their lives so many heroic and Godlike features, that, although living in the turmoil of wordly affairs, they would be hailed as Saints by the holiest of priests or the most unworldly of ascetics. Our True Men, to be sure, we conceive to be, before and above all else, true Christians, sincere believers in Christ, and his earnest and devoted followers; men having at heart to practice the divine precepts for the love of their Divine Author, and the sake of the excellence such practice begets, much more even than for the honor such fidelity may win them; men true to God, to his truth, to them­selves and their conscience, in every age of life, in every walk. and rank of society, in every calling and trust, under every difficulty and trial and temptation.

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Publication Date
Jun 23, 2021
Language
English
Category
Religion & Spirituality
Copyright
No Known Copyright (Public Domain)
Contributors
By (author): Rev. Bernard O'Reilly

Specifications

Pages
478
Binding
Paperback
Interior Color
Black & White
Dimensions
US Trade (6 x 9 in / 152 x 229 mm)

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