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A DEVOUT COMMENTARY

ON

THE EPISTLE TO THE EPHESIANS

Nihil obstat

F. Placid CONWAY, O.P., S.T.L.
F. VINCENT McNabb, O.P., S.T.L.

Imprimatur
F. JOANNES Procter, O.P., S.T.L.

Provincialis Angliæ

Imprimatur
HERBERTUS CARDINALIS VAUGHAN

Archiep. Westmonast.

November 25th, 1901.

Bible. Not. Ephesians. Engtishi

A DEVOUT COMMENTARY

ON

The Epistle to the Ephesians

DRAWN CHIEFLY FROM THE WORKS OF

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS

OF THE ORDER OF ST. DOMINIC

BY

A. BERTRAND WILBERFORCE, O.P.

ST. LOUIS, MO.

B. HERDER
17, SOUTH BROADWAY

1902

PREFACE

This book, not being written by a scholar, is not addressed to scholars. It is not a critical treatise, but a book of spiritual reading.

All I have attempted to do is to provide devout souls, who cannot consult Latin authors, with a clear explanation of the meaning of St. Paul in one of his most sublime Epistles.

Throughout the whole work I have taken the Angelical Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, as my guide, and stating this here, once for all, will prevent the necessity of constant references to his Commentary on every page. Often whole sentences are literal translations of his words.

When I have used other authors I have generally made a reference to their works. Among others, Natalis Alexander has been often consulted.

It will be noticed that I have constantly referred to parallel texts in the Old and New Testaments without quoting the words, and this for two reasons. The first is to avoid increasing the bulk of the volume. Secondly, because it is good for the reader to search out the texts for himself. In this way he may become more familiar with the different books of Holy Scripture, and perhaps having found the text quoted, he may feel drawn to finish the chapter. Pains have been taken to make these references as correct as possible. In the case of the Psalms, where

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