Part III, Ch. 4

1. As a Christian who are we witness of? How must we fight? What must we study?

2. How must we speak? What must we do before we speak? What else?

3. What is it that moves men? How is knowledge of this important to working on men?

4. How else must we speak? Why?

5. Should we despise anyone? Why not?

6. Should we argue? Why not?

7. What is the most important way to speak? Why?

8. Who was the most outspoken of Christ’s followers?  Why did the people listen attentively to Paul?

9. Besides a speaker, what else was St. Paul gifted at?

10. How did the Blessed Virgin and others help St. Paul in his great work?

11. What is St. Paul credited with?

2 thoughts on “Part III, Ch. 4

  1. Part III Ch. 3
    1.The life of Jesus was a greater lesson than all His words.
    As a disciple of Christ, you want your word to be efficacious, you must show the superioriity of your teaching by the superiority of your life.
    2. Disciple of Christ is a man who practices the so-called natural virtues, those which everyone wants to find in a man whom he respects and who respects himself.
    3.Christ was perfect Man as well as perfect God. So a disciple of Christ is a man who practices the so-called natural virtues, that is, those which everyone wants to find in a man whom he respects and who respects himself.
    Christ’s remarkable ascendancy over souls; it was partly His Divinity, but a large part of His influence was due to His natural dispositions and qualities, perfected by grace.
    4.Think often of Christ who dwells with you. You will be able to radiate Him little by little. Even to unbelievers you will be able to give the impression of a mysterious Presence which will make them recognize in you the God they dare not name.
    5. Jesus inherited these human qualities from His Mother. For if as God He was like His Father, as Man He was like His Mother. From His Mother and from her alone, He derived His complete human nature. His natural qualities were perfected by the Divinity and by His soul, which had been created directly by God. But He received the foundation of these qualities from Mary.Pope Pius X said, “There is no more competent guide and teacher of the knowledge of Christ than Mary.” Ask her, at each scene in the sacred narrative to help you to understand and to experience what she understood and experienced and beseech her to give you the strength to put these lessons into practice in your own life.
    Mary passed her life in meditating on all that she saw and heard concerning her Son.
    6. By your conduct and by your character, be another Christ–Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary–and you too, will conquer many souls.


  2. Part III, Ch.. 4
    1. As a Christian, you are a witness of Christ, therefore, give testimony to Him.
    Sometimes a remark, a Question, or an exclamation can often be more efficacious than a beautiful sermon.
    Study seriously the doctrine of the Church on religious and social questions and be able to detect and refute the errors of the enemy. Do not say there are no occasions to speak.
    2. Speak with courage-as you are speaking in the name of Him who has conquered the world. Always pray first and by the power of Christ and the help of your Blessed Mother, you will be filled with a divine courage.
    Speak with conviction, as you possess the infallible truths. how can you fail to feel profoundly convinced of what you are saying.
    Speak with discernment. You must know when to speak and when not to speak,; you must know what to wsay and what not to say. Before speaking, consult Mary, she will help you.
    Speak with intelligence. Try to understand those whom you address. Find out on what truths you agree, so that from this common ground you can lead them to the truths they reject. Understand not only their mind but also their heart.
    3. It is the logic of the heart more than the logic of the mind which moves men. If you understand the heart of the one to whom you speak, how much easier it is to work upon his mind and his will! Intimacy with your Mother Mary will give you this capacity for understanding others and for sympathizing with them.
    4.Speak with fairness. Don’t presuppose bad faith; admit it only if it is evident. Remember it was not His Apostles but two Pharisees who dared to take care of His burial.
    Speak with humility and gentleness. Do not humiliate your opponents and do not become irritated with them; you will only close their hearts. Be zealous, not for your personal success but for the soul for whom Christ died.
    5. Despise no one. Is it their fault that they have not received the same training and the same graces as you? Is it any merit of yours that God has been more merciful toward you than toward them?
    6. Rarely argue. By arguing you run the risk of humiliating others and discouraging questions. Besides, ordinarily it is not the man who is right but the more glib talker who wins an argument. Explain the truth; it attracts by its own appeal.
    7. Speak with love. For love of Christ, whose apostle you are and whose cause you defend; for love of Mary, who counts on your help in conquering the world for her Son; for the love of your brothers in Christ, whom you wish to snatch from eternal damnation. Love souls even the souls of your enemies.
    8. Among Christ’s first followers, no one knew how to wield the weapon of the work like St. Paul. He had not known Jesus personally; in fact at first he had been the most bitter enemy of the Name of Christ.Paul had a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus and he was converted. He was baptized and even before receiving the sacerdotal character through the imposition of hands by the Apostles, he began preaching publicly to prove to the Jews that this Jesus whom he had persecuted was truly the Messias.
    9. Paul preached Christ and traversed the principal countries to the Orient and of Europe. He undertook five long voyages to implant Christianity in all the known world. He went to Rome and probably even to Spain. Everywhere he went he founded Christian communities.
    10.Evidently the prayers and sufferings of other souls, in particular those of the Blessed Virgin, made his activity fruitful. Living in Jerusalem with john, Mary must have heard many times of the marvels worked by the words fo the fiery Apostle of Christ. Undoubtedly, she saw him and spoke to him when he came to Jerusalem.
    11. Paul seems to have done more for the extension of the Gospel than all the Apostles together. To him is due, in great part, the conversion of the pagan world to Christianity and therefore, our own conversion


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