no fervent zeal for His honor, no deep hatred of sin,and no great concern for eternal salvation. Such in-difference, has always been in the world, and ourBlessed Lord has warned that it shall be in it untothe end: "And as it came to pass in the days of Noah,so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man.They did eat and drink, they married wives andwere given in marriage, until the day that Noe en-tered the ark: and the flood came and destroyed themall. Likewise as it came to pass, in the days of Lot:they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, theyplanted and built. And in the day that Lot wentout of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone fromheaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall itbe in the day when the Son of Man shall be re-vealed/'It is important to remember that such indifferenceto our souls and the conflict of good and evil iswholly wrong. As a matter of fact, we lose our soulsby the very process of not resisting the forces whichpull us down. This is true in the natural order aswell as in the spiritual. What is life, for example, butthe sum of those forces which resist death? What isthe biological principle of reversion to type but aproof of how we may lose ourselves by neglect? Sup-pose a bird fancier, through industry and skillfulmating, has brought a flock of pigeons to a high de-THE PENALTY OF NEGLECT 39gree o perfection as regards color and form. Suppose,furthermore, they were brought to a desert isle, andthere abandoned. After many years the bird fancierreturns for his pigeons. He would discover that theyhad lost the improvement which was due to his skilland knowledge, and that their highly developedcolors had changed to a dull slate-gray.What is true of the animal order, as regards rever-sion to type, is true also of man. Man, too, degener-ates by the mere fact that he neglects. Though thereis within him a spiritual principle which, like aflame, mounts upward to the heavens heavenly withGod, there is also within him something which dragshim down to the earth earthly with the beasts.Hence, man is always conscious of being a dualbeing: of wanting the better but of sometimes choos-ing the worse. This force of degeneration within him,the consequence of original sin, if it be not resistedby nature and grace, will eventually end in his re-version to the type Adam, or sin. Hence, the degen-eration of the moral and intellectual faculties of manfollows like an inexorable law upon his neglect tocombat the forces which make for spiritual death.