The Christian Home:A Guide to Happiness in the HomeBy Celestine Strub, O.F.M.
Nihil Obstat:Fr. Conradin Wallbraun, O.F.M. Censor Dept.J. F. Green, O.S.A. C. L., April 7, 1934.Fr. Liberatus Presser, O.F.M. Censor Dep.Imprimi Permittitur:Fr. Optatus Loeffler, O.F.M. Min. Prov. Die 2 Martii, 1934Imprimatur:+George Cardinal Mundelein, April 7, 1934
If the social reform that is being demanded on all sides is to have any hope of success, it must begin with thereform of the family. --Victor Cathrein, S.J. Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago 1938To Christian Fathers and Mothers, Husbands and Wives, and to all home lovers the world over: This littlevolume is affectionately dedicated under the patronage of the Supreme Models of the Christian home, JesusMary, and Joseph.
The world to-day is full of reformers. Society, we are told, is sick with many ills, and a radical remedy isimperative if the utter breakdown of Christian civilization is to be averted. Yet, while the urgent need of reformis quite generally conceded, there is a wide divergence of opinions as to the proper means of bringing itabout. As Catholics, possessed of the divinely revealed truths that should regulate all human action, we knowthat many of the remedies proposed for the cure of social ills are inadequate, because they do not reach theroot of the evil; and that many a well-meant reform movement is foredoomed to failure, because it is notbased on the only true and solid foundation of all social reform; namely, the principle that there can be noreal, permanent social justice and morality without private justice and morality; and that there can be noenduring private justice or morality without religion.
So much is agreed upon among Catholics: religion and morality must form the basis of all true reform; and itis a truism to say that if all the individuals that make up society were morally good and religious, the ills thatafflict society would disappear. It is furthermore agreed among Catholics that the Catholic Church offers theindividual all that is necessary for leading a good life. Why then do so many of her children fail? They havethe true Faith; they have the Commandments, which tell them what they must do and what they must avoid;and they have the means of grace, prayer and the Sacraments, to help them to avoid sin and practice virtue.Why, then, are they not all morally good and religious?
The Sin of Adam
The fundamental reason is simply that they do not choose to be so. Sin is apparently so pleasant, at least for the moment, and the constant practice of virtue is so hard, that men often choose the former in preference tothe latter. Even in Paradise, where all circumstances were so favorable, Adam and Eve abused their free willby disobeying God. But in consequence of that first sin of Adam, there exists in all his descendants a strong