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Joy of all the Sorrowful - Mays Landing, NJ (f. 1966)

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Q. How must we apply the doctrine of faith and piety?
A. We must act according to our knowledge; and keep before our eyes the fearful judgment threatened for disobedience.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. (John 13:17.) That servant which knew his Lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to His will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Luke 72:47.)
Q. What must a man do (a man or a woman, boy or a girl), when he is conscious of a sin?
A. Not only should he immediately repent, and firmly resolve to avoid the same sin for the future, but also strive, as far as possible, to repair the scandal or injury that he has wrought by contrary good deeds.
Thus it was that Zaccheus the Publican acted, when he said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing away from anyone by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. (Luke XIX:8.)
Q. What caution do we reed, when we seem to ourselves to have fulfilled any Commandment?
A. We must then dispose our heart according to the words of Jesus Christ: "When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do." (Luke XVII:10.)

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