therefore it is needful for us to abstain from them.1. They war against the soul by ever fighting against it: “The life of man upon the earthis warfare” (Job 7: 1, Vulgate); the whole life of man is like a certain warfare.2. Mortally, in wounding it: “The desire of the slothful killeth him, for his hands refuseto labor” (Prov 21:25).3. By inflicting eternal perdition and destruction: “Hurtful lusts, which drown men indestruction and perdition” (1 Tim 4:9); for fleshly desires kill by sin here, and in thefuture, kill with eternal death.
On the third head it is to be noted, that a good conversation consists in three tings.
In purity of mind: “For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, thatin simplicity and godly sincerity...we had our conversation in this world” (2 Cor 1:12).
In honesty or holiness of manner: “Seeing then that all these things shall bedisolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation andgodliness” (2 Pet 3:11).
In perpetual avidity of the joys of heaven: “Our conversation is in heaven” (Phil3:2).
On the fourth head it is to be noted, that a threefold benefit follows a good conversation.
The refutation or silencing of detractors: “That whereas they might speak againstyou,” it is “the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence theignorance of foolish men” (1 Pet 2:15).
The being had in honor, “by your good works, which they shall behold, glorifyGod in the day of visitation” (1 Pet 2:12). “Let your light so shine beforemen” &c., (Matt 5:16).
The great reward promised to their conversation, “in the day of visitation,”i.e., in the time of retribution; and God alone knows how great the glory thento be given to us. To which glory may we be led by Jesus Christ. Amen
A Homily on th Epistle
By Bishop Bonomelli
it is a pleasure to explain to you the
meaning of the sentences of St. Peter, whichyou have just heard, inasmuch as they contain importantand practical truths for every class ofmen, it is at the same time an embarrassment, because to develop them one by one, as they shouldbe developed, would require a separate discoursefor each. Hence while trying to be brief, I must