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CATECHESIS - NO. 1

See to it that no man deceive you by man-made philosophy and vain deceit, made according to the elements of the world and not according to the commands of Christ. 

Vice imitates virtue as cockle imitates wheat which it resembles. But a discriminating palate will immediately notice the difference.

So the devil disguises himself as an angel of light to deceive with blinding mist and poisonous air of doubt those seeking holiness. 

Many a wolf goes about in sheep's clothing to beguile the innocent with their deadly poison of impiety.

We therefore need grace, a sober mind and clear eyes lest, eating cockle for wheat, we hurt ourselves through ignorance, or, mistaking the wolf for a sheep, we become prey.

This is the reason for the present instruction--that we may not fall prey to the devouring lion who goes about seeking whom he may devour. 

St. Cyril of Alexandria, 349 A.D. 

(His Catechesis is the most celebrated catechism that has come down to us from the early Church.)

 

 

 

(01-29-03)

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