THE INDIAN ADVOCATE.
People as a consequence, have come to consider this in
tellectual disease as the normal state of the public mind and
make of religion a matter of mere feeling, dilettantism and
even fashion. No wonder then, that in matters of education
we should witness the most contradictory and divergent views,
We Cataolics who realize the necessity of true principles,
because we do not build any edifice on the sand, we alone
offer to the world the grand spectacle of a united body, we
make on every philosophical, religious and social question,
a firm and uncompromising stand for principles which we
hold to be the only true ones, and can give reasons for them.
What are, then, the true principle? of education?
1. True education must impart to the child a moral as
well as an intellectual training.
2. That moral trainiug must, of all necessity, be found
ed on the idea 'of an Omnipotent Being, Creator of mankind
and therefore Ruler of our hearts.
3. Since Almighty God'deigned to-reveal himself to man
kind and founded a Church to continue in all times the work
of his divine teaching, true education must recognize the
teaching of God's Church, that is to say, the teaching of such
a Church as shall be found, after -serious inquiries, to be the
only true Church founded by God.
That true education must imply a moral, as well as an in
tellectual training is evident from the fact that man is a mo
ral as well as a rational being. Endowed with free will,
man is liable either to obey the dictates of his conscience or
to follow the suggestions of his passions. All depends on
his will. If his will is directed toward the fulfillment of his
duties towards God, towards his neighbor and himself, he is
doing right. If on the contrary, the tide of his passions car
ries him along the pathway of injustice, vice and immorality
he is doing wrong. Social life stands on public order, and
as the unjust, vicious and immoral man is sapping the' foun
dations of public order, the sentiment of self-preservation,
to say nothing of the will of God, shows plainly to society
its duty to give to the child who will.be a man to-morrow,
a sound and forceful moral training.
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