King Henry VIII was an intemperate man who divorced
his wife to live in sin with multiple women.
He was responsible for the martyrdom of many
Catholics who would not tolerate his crimes,
including St. Thomas More.
Then there are those on the other side who have a Puritan like hatred for the world. These people fail to see God in His Creation and so spend their time condemning every innocent delight. They cannot even participate in a conversation without picking out little things that are not "perfect", thus often throwing out the baby with the bathwater. These types are tiring with their constant, legalistic judgements, unable to rise above what is petty. They do not recognize the vast subjectivity within
The Puritans see evil in everything, making them
a classic example of extreme self-righteousness.
They reject the virtue of temperance and block out
providence with their sterile lifestyle of
socialist, legalistic laws.
Neither of these extremes is suitable for the Catholic Lady. It is necessary to be both charitable and just. The line must be drawn carefully. This is a very necessary study for mothers since children have a great need for balance. We encourage good people to keep after good and bad people to turn from their ways. But we do not accept everything, especially not sin. And we do not condemn everything because we recognize the tremendous flexibility within the laws of God and of the Church and also within the confines of personality and reason.
Charity and justice must be a careful balance for the Catholic Lady.