[…] I beseech thee for God’s and thy own sake, seriously to weigh, and frequently to consider in the silence of thy recollected mind, these words of the great Doctor of the Church, S. Austin, which are here adjoined.
Three Sayings of S. Austin most
worthy to be noted; taken out
of his first book of Faith,
1. Hold for most certain, and in no wise doubt, that not only all Pagans, but also Jews, Heretics, and Schismatics, who die out of the Catholic Church, shall go to neverending fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels.
2. Hold for most certain, and in no wise doubt, that no Heretic or Schismatic, baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, if he be not united (by Faith and Charity) to the Catholic Church, though he give never so great alms, yea die for the name of Christ, can in any wise be saved. For neither Baptism, nor ever so great almsdeeds, nor death undergone for the name of Christ, can be profitable to Salvation, as long as one remaineth in the wickedness of Heresy or Schism, which leadeth to damnation.
3. Hold for most certain, and in no wise doubt, that not all, who are baptized according to the rites of the Catholic Church, shall receive everlasting life : but only those who after Baptism live righteously, that is, abstain from vices, and desires of the flesh. For as faithless Heretics shall not have the kingdom of Heaven, so naughty Catholics shall never inherit the same.
These are the words of S. Austin, that great light of God’s Church. I pray God they may be imprinted and even riveted in thy heart, and therein work that effect, which (together with thy prayers) I desire, Farewell.
Transcribed by E.T.H. III from AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CATHOLICK FAITH Containing A brief explication of the Christian Doctrine; Togeather with an easie Method to examine the Conscience for a general Confession. Whereunto is added a dailie exercise of devout prayers. By John Cousturier. M. DC. XXXIII.