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86. Exterior Acts of Religion: Oblations

1. We are all bound to make offerings, in one way oranother, for the support of religion, as it exists in external andestablished practice according to the institution of Christ. Suchofferings are oblations.

2. Offerings are made to priests (I Cor. 9:13) who are"to live by the altar." And the priest has further usefor offerings or oblations than his mere livelihood; he has toobtain what belongs to the functions of external worship, and hehas to dispense goods to the poor.

3. An offering or oblation is not to be made of thingsunjustly acquired or wrongfully possessed.

4. The Old Law required men to make an offering oroblation of "the first fruits," that is, the best oftheir crops and harvestings. This was to make open and practicalacknowledgment that "the earth is the Lord's and thefullness thereof," and that the tiller of the soil does notcreate its fertility, but that all good things come from God. Evenafter the coming of the New Law, the offering of "firstfruits" continued to be a pious custom in some countries.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The name of Jesus, pronounced with reverence and affection, has a kind of power to soften the heart. "
St Philip Neri

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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