The Following of Christ, Book I, Chapter VIII

cover of the ebook 'The Following of Christ'Of shunning too much familiarity

1. Discover not thy heart to every one (- Ecclesiastes 8): but treat of thy affairs with a man that is wise and feareth God.

Keep not much company with young people and strangers.

He not a flatterer with the rich: nor willingly appear before the great.

Associate thyself with the humble and simple, with the devout and virtuous: and treat of those things which may be to edification.

Be not familiar with any woman: but recommend all good women in general to God.

Desire to be familiar only with God and his angels: and fly the acquaintance of men.

We must have charity for all, but familiarity is not expedient.

It sometimes happens that a person, when not known, shines by a good reputation; who, when he is present, is disagreeable to them that see him.

We think sometimes to please others by being with them: and we begin rather to disgust them by the evil behaviour which they discover in us.