A compendium of "Questions on Vocations," a catechism approved by His Eminence Cardinal Gibbons; His Eminence Cardinal Satolli; by five Archbishops and twenty-two Bishops; also by numerous priests and religious Brothers and Sisters.
om among men, the first fruits to God and to the Lamb."
St. Jerome says: "As soon as the Son of God came down upon the earth He created a new family. He chose a virgin Mother, Mary, and a virgin foster-father, Joseph; also a virgin disciple, John, and a virgin apostle of the nations, Paul; so that He who was adored by angels in heaven might also have angels to serve Him on earth."
Q. Do the Fathers of the Church recommend virginity?
A. Yes, in the highest possible terms. St. Augustine says: "The joys of the virgins are not given to the other saints of God."
St. Cyprian says: "Virginity is the queen of all other virtues and the possession of every good."
Speaking of virginity, St. Ephrem says: "If you have loved it, you will be favored by the Lord in all things."
St. Bernardine, of Sienna, teaches that "virginity prepares the soul to see her spouse, Jesus, by faith in this life and by glory in the next."
Q. What is the exact teaching of the Church on the compara