The Prospector (Helena, Mont.) 1916-2015, November 01, 1916, Image 23

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L I F E 13 school. This should be the minimum educational equipment of a free, responsible American citizen. Then there are the four years of high school and the four years of college for those whose good fortune it is to aspire to leadership in the industries and in civil life. Over and above all that are the years of technical training of the seminary and the professional school that prepare for the avenues of highest intellectual endeavor. The thoroughly educated man of today will find, when he sits down to reckon, that he has spent nearly half his life in the development of the rational side of his nature. This expenditure of time he should in no wise regret, for his finished training puts him in a position to accomplish wonders during the ten or twenty years of his maximum vigor. An adequately developed vegetative life, a well controlled sensitive life, a highly perfected rational life, make a man a formidable power in the world. But a power may tend to the fall as well as to the resurrection of many in Israel. The highly trained vegetative, sensitive and rational man, that he may eschew evil and follow after good, needs a governor, and that governor is a superior kind of life, called the super­ natural, the life of sanctifying grace. As sanctifying grace is a fourth kind of life which man may enjoy, it follows that those who despise or neglect this life are really impoverishing themselves. They refuse to profit by a fourth kind of life held out to them by the Author of their being. Yet this fourth kind of life, the supernatural, the life of grace, is the highest kind of life we can enjoy. It is the life of God’s friends among men. After God Himself, Whose highest gift it is, the supernatural life holds the most important place in the economy of creation. The end of all the sacraments is to impart it, to strengthen it, to preserve it, to repair it. The object of all the commandments of God and of the church is to protect it and maintain it. The aim of all the assaults of Hell and Satan is to deprive us of it. The purpose of all our struggles against temptation, against the devil, the world, and the flesh, is to retain the life of grace and augment it within us. That we may have this life is the precise and only reason why the Eternal Son of God

The Prospector (Helena, Mont.), 01 Nov. 1916, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheProspector/1916-11-01/ed-1/seq-23/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.