DUTY OF PARENT AND CITIZEN. 131
is true and beautiful and good—that alone which
makes humanity pure and happy; that alone
which honors and glorifies him, whose attributes
are inimitable, and whose will is incomparably
good. This deep sense of the good in the nature
of what is taught and commended by Moses and
the prophets or by Jesus and the apostles, is what
we call the Christian sentiment.
Now, where the Christian principle and the
Christian sentiment are not found, their opposites
obtain—first in the hearts of the heads of fami¬
lies; secondly, in their homes. But the Chris¬
tian principle and the Christian sentiment com¬
bined, always create a Church in the household.
The converse of this statement is true.
Hence, where there is no Church in the house¬
hold, no altar at the fireside, no God to be wor¬
shiped morning and evening, nothing great and
good can proceed from it, nothing but human
selfishness, which is the inexhaustible fountain
of all the sins and crimes which man can com¬
mit against his fellow-man or against the holy
Creator who made him.
I think we have fully demonstrated the truth
and the consequent facts, that out of the conse¬
crated home issue all the manly virtues and all
the Christian graces, embodied in the persons and
manifested in the lives of such men as Moses,