Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Clipped from the ChesterBelloc Mandate

An occasion of sin was defined by the moralists as a set of circumstances where the average man will sin, but where the heroic man will not sin. Occasions of sin must be judged not by what a minority will do, but what an average person will do. The thing we call Industrialism is an occasion of sin. If the modem industrial arrangement of the world is such that to avoid sin needs heroic virtue, then the modern industrial arrangement of the world is an occasion of sin. This arrangement has impoverished its followers. When married folk have not the house room necessary for the average family, then the average married folk will practise birth-prevention. It is impossible for the modem industrial system to give an economic wage which will pay an economic rent.

Taken from The Eye-Witness - Fr. Vincent McNabb


Youngest son and I made houses for the day-old chicks due to arrive today (25 Rhode Island Red hens for laying eggs next year & 25 X-Rocks for meat.) In the past we have put them in the coop and merely tried to make escape difficult by putting screening up at the bottom of the coop as small chicks can easily squeeze through poultry wire. But we have spent much time chasing chicks this way. So this time we made dedicated housing. They will graduate from it when they are too big to escape.

Youngest son is excited. He is in charge of raising the meat birds.

Oremus pro invicem!

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