New and Old (Sermons), Vol. 1
Excerpt from New and Old (Sermons), Vol. 1: A Monthly Repertory of Catholic Pulpit Eloquence Embracing Two Sermons for Each Sunday and Holy-Day of Obligation of the Ecclesiastical Year Shall I tell you without reserve of what I wish to speak to-day? Shall I tell you that being struck with terror at the mere thought of the judgments which God will inflict upon the last day, I must endeavor to communicate that terror to your hearts; to arouse sinners, as it were, by a cry of alarm; and, if possible, to rescue them from their fatal lethargy, before they shall find it changed into the sleep of everlasting death? Yes, learn it, you who hear me, it is not with a view of astonishing your imaginations with unmeaning pictures, not with the view of producing feeble and transient emotions in your hearts, but in the hope of effecting your conversion and salvation, that I shall exhibit to your spiritual vision the most sublime, the most awful spectacle that religion can offer to the eye of faith. Unite with me in contemplating this last and fearful scene, the bare thought of which, in former times, filled the deserts with solitaries, and forced St. Jerome, although exhausted with works of piety and austerity, and St. Hilarion, though emaciated by fasts, disciplines, and vigils, to tremble in the inmost depths of their solitudes. But, perhaps, you may say, since every one of us at the hour of death is destined to receive an irrevocable sentence, which must then decide our fate for eternity, is it not that private and particular judgment which we ought chiefly to fear? And why should we suffer our minds to be so much engrossed by thoughts of that other and later judgment which will be nothing more, after all, than a solemn promulgation - and confirmation of the preceding one? These questions I propose to answer to-day by showing you how much the general judgment must add to the severity of the particular one; and by explaining to you how it fills up the measure of the divine vengeance, and effects the complete abandonment of the sinner. Among the awful events which shall characterize that great day of justice, I select these leading circumstances to which I beg leave to direct your undivided attention. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.