The crying need of our modern day is for a definite and assured faith, conjoined to a clear realization of the personal love of a personal God for each individual soul. This combination forms the very sunshine of life, creating an answering love to God and man, thus making even the loneliest and hardest lot an enviable one, and earth the anteroom of heaven.
The present volume is published with the hope of giving some idea of the vital connection that the ecclesiastical seasons, doctrines, and sacraments of the Catholic Church have with the inner life of the Christian soul. Begun originally in the form of weekly contributions to the Sacred Heart Review, the articles gradually assumed shape in the direction here indicated, and are now reprinted by kind permission and with careful advice. They are offered, with humble reverence, to God the Holy Ghost, the Divine Inspirer of our spiritual life; with a special thought of all who are outside the visible fold of the Catholic Church; and with the earnest hope that the reader, in any case, may be drawn more closely by them to the love of God.