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102. Reasons for the Ceremonial Precepts of the Old Law

1. Since the ceremonial precepts were instituted by divinewisdom, they were most reasonable means to a necessary end.

2. Worship conducted according to the ceremonial preceptswas partly direct worship of God and partly a prefiguring of Christand his Church.

3. Sacrifice is the highest act of religion. It directsmen's minds to God, to recognize him as creator and lord ofall. It withdraws men from the worship of false gods. According toits importance, sacrificein the Old Law was the most vivid ofall ceremonial proceedings in prefiguring the New Law; it forecastin a striking way the coming of the perfect sacrifice, that of thecross.

4. The very instruments and vestments used in theceremonial service of the Old Law were treated with ceremoniousreverence. Thus were men's minds impressed with the truth thatthe formal worship of God is no routine action of ordinarylife.

5. The sacred things and the purifying preparations (suchas washings, sprinkling with ashes, prescribed anointings, and soforth) were significant both as contributing to the formal worshipof God and to the foreshadowing of Christ.

6. And the observances (clean and unclean foods, specialgarments, planting of divers seeds, etc.) helped to keep the mindsof an easily distracted people employed with truly religiousthoughts, making them aware in all things of their duty to God. Theobservances also prefigured the perfect food of the Eucharist, theperfect garment of grace, and the fruitful works of Christianpenance.

"Those who love God are always happy, because their whole happiness is to fulfill, even in adversity, the will of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
St Philip Neri

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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