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The Instruction of Youth in Christian Piety, Vol. 1

The Instruction of Youth in Christian Piety, Vol. 1

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Excerpt from The Instruction of Youth in Christian Piety, Vol. 1: Taken Out of the Sacred Scriptures and Holy Fathers

The intent of a preface is to inform the reader, either of the design of the author, or of the occasion which gave birth to the work, or of the order and method that is observed therein, or of the profit that may be reaped, or of some such thing. As for my design, it is no other than what the title of the book imports, to instruct youth in piety. This is all I aim and aspire at. The occasion of undertaking it was, my being called to the direction of youth, when I endeavoured to qualify myself for so important an employment, and to answer the pious intentions of those who entrusted me with such a charge. Now in labouring to instruct myself, I found that what I had prepared for my own use might serve for the instruction of youth, if it were reduced into method. I have therefore disposed it into the method you see, wherein I treat of five things, which seemed to me the most necessary for giving young people a complete instruction in piety, 1. The motives which oblige them thereto. 2. The means they ought to employ to obtain it. 3. The obstacles and difficulties which occur therein. 4. The virtues which are peculiar to their age. 5. The importance of making a good choice of a state of life, and the means to perform it in a due manner. Which last is a subject little known by young people, and still less practised.

As to the profitableness of this book, dear reader, it is not my part, but yours to judge of it. The end for which it is composed, which is the instruction of youth, will make you esteem it useful. The matter of it, which is chiefly taken out of the sacred scripture and holy fathers, will cause you to form the same judgment. If the method I have observed appear easy, it will give the final decision.

I write for young people: for them have I composed this work, and particularly for those whom God has pleased to commit to my charge. If others more advanced in age take the pains to read it, I desire they will peruse it with the spirit of charity, excusing what they shall find defective in it, and receiving kindly what they shall find good. I exhort you, dear reader, to improve yourself by this small labour which I have undertaken for your salvation.

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