the lady’s husband came home in high displeasure. She asked him what was the matter. He told her that her dressmaker’s eldest boy had been taken up for stealing a loaf of bread. “ When brought before the magistrate,” he said, “ the boy put all the blame on you, because you had so long withheld payment from the family when they were starving.” Needless to add that the bill was paid immediately, and the lady never kept working-people without their money again. Hence, we see that those who withhold from servants and working-people the wages due to. them are responsible, not only for the temporal misery they bring on them, but also for whatever wrongdoing may possibly ensue.
Q. What is venial sin?
A. Venial sin is a slight offense against the law of God in matters of less importance or in matters of great importance it is an offense committed without sufficient reflection or full consent of the will.
The Little Winebibber
St. Augustine relates that his mother, St. Monica, when still but a mere child, allowed herself to fall into an inordinate liking for wine. It seems that whenever her parents sent her to draw wine from the cellar she would put her lips to the pitcher and take a sip. By and by this trifling habit developed into a serious passion, and it was not until one day, when a servant, who usually accompanied her to the cellar, reproached her, in a fit of anger, with being a winebibber that St. Monica was aroused to her