Sermons From the Flemish, Vol. 1: For All the Sundays of the Year (Classic Reprint)
'Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness.' Rom. xiii. 12.
The Church, as you are aware, my brethren, commences the ecclesiastical year with the first Sunday of Advent, and it is her fervent wish that all her children should commence this year by leading lives worthy of their high vocation. To this end in the Epistle of the Mass she addresses to them the same words that the Apostle St. Paul addressed to the Romans: 'Brethren, the night is past, and the clay is at hand: cast off therefore the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light.'
By the works of darkness the Apostle means mortal sins, and he proceeds to mention some, as rioting, drunkenness, impurity, contentions, envy, and the rest. He beseeches them to sever themselves from these and from all other sins, and to put on the Lord Jesus Christ, regulating their life and conduct according to His heavenly doctrine.
Oh! if man but understood the awful nature of mortal sin and the frightful evil it contains, the words which St. Paul, and after him the Church addresses to them would not be in vain.
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