Sins of Society
Quote from Anthony, our President:
“This EMOTIONAL book, unlike any I have ever read, riveted my attention. I can see why it was the best seller 115 years ago. I highly recommend it. Not responsible for emotional exuberance. Sorry, Kleenex not supplied.”
By Father Bernard Vaughan, 1906, 269 page book. This book was a best seller when published 115 years ago and for good reason. When Father was asked why he chose the particular five stories from the Scriptures, he said, "I wanted, in a most distracting and disquieting hour of my hearers' lives, to awaken their attention, and to compel them to see what their lives actually were, compared with what they ought to be, and then I wished to try to persuade them to come back from their false selves to their true selves, and to offer themselves once again to the true God, against whom they had sinned ... I wanted them to appeal through the senses to the emotions." Father Vaughn continues:"I thought this particular set of word-paintings, drawn by our Lord, would create a startling sensation in those very persons whom I wanted to startle that I selected them... Are not most men drawn away from God by the senses? If this is so, why am I not to try and bring them back again through the senses? Is the devil to have it all his own way? Not a bit of it."