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Genesis   1 comment


Above:  The Book Heading from The New Revised Standard Version:  Catholic Edition (1993)


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The Christian Home   1 comment


Above:  Family Record, Circa 1889

Created by J.M. Vickroy & Co.

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I have several points of disagreement with my grandfather stemming from this post:

1.  He disapproved of all uses of alcohol.  I take it regularly in a Eucharistic context and have an occasional drink.

2.  He opposed playing cards.  Somehow I see no evil in playing Solitaire.

3.  I wonder if my 1972 paperback reprint of Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie (1900) would have met my great-grandfather’s strict standards.   I suspect that it would not.  The back cover copy reads:

Theodore Dreiser’s first and perhaps greatest novel, Sister Carrie, appeared in 1900, met with outraged disapproval and was immediately withdrawn as too shocking and sordid for polite readers.  But it is precisely in Dreiser’s compassionate revelation of the depths of ordinary men and women, their frailty and humanity, that his stormy, controversial genius remains supreme.

I read the book in high school as part of the curriculum.  I also read John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men there.




Gen. 18, 19

1.  The home, or family, is our institution of God for holy ends.  He protects and blesses it in all ages and climes.

2.  It is to be a retreat to rest and gather strength of spirit & body for life’s battles.  Its blighting or invigorating influence is felt to life’s close.  The boy away from home never gets entirely away from the memories of home.

3.  Its power is felt by those who visit there.  Many learn their first lessons in righteousness or sin in another’s home.  Its atmosphere a blessing or a curse.

4.  The devil, recognizing its strategic importance, does his utmost to despoil it, and destroy its power for good.  Let parents expect his attacks and set themselves to defend their home.

(1)  Keep out bad literature.  It will corrupt the imagination and the morals.

(2)  Avoid the social wine-glass.  Here the devil catches many and assures their utter ruin.

(3)  Keep away the card-devil.  Such is a demon from the pit.  Thus gamblers are grown.

5.  The need of every home is Christ.  His presence is always a great blessing.

Take Him into your home to abide there.