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dear to him, nor by an unseasonable mention of them; he should also furnish them with arguments by which they may be able to dissuade the neighbours, should they unreasonably desire to be admitted to a frequent sight of the dying person.

Rules included under the Fourth Division.

First Rule.

sick person with whom

form of address.

The Minister of God's Word, the more The Curate, thoroughly he is acquainted with the person

he visits, the more aptly will he be able to acquainted

, address him, and more advantageously apply premeditated to his case passages from Holy Writ: it and general

will, however, sometimes fall to his lot to visit sick persons very little known to him, and in this case it is necessary that he confine himself to general discourse; he may also make use of some premeditated form of address which is equally suited to any stranger, and such a form of address the reader will meet with in the first division of rules.

If the Curate can search out from the recourse with plies of the person visited any thing respecting

Second Rule. And dis


If he can

his former manner of life, he should especially him concerndiscourse concerning the same, commending things which things worthy of commendation, and censuring from him in those deserving blame. And with respect to the latter he should teach him how much they are to be blamed, how hurtful, how hateful to God, and should, moreover, show him in what manner they may for the future be avoided.

If he can learn nothing respecting the for- Third Rule. mer life of the sick person from his replies, glean no ina conjecture may be formed by a skilful Curate, from the sick from his age and vocation, and the place in versation, which he passed his life when in health ; for Curate may to every age, station, and abode, there are concerning vices attendant, and I would recommend the from the cirCurate to discourse concerning each of those of age, world

ly calling, &c. into which he suspects the sick person to have been most inclined to fall.

But it will be right for him to intimate Fourth Aule. towards the close of his discourse, that he by not upon no means charges the sick person with any of justly charge the faults he has enumerated, since he is igno- should ex: rant whether he ever committed them, and that why he has

person's con


But he must

suspicion un


to him certain sins.

enumerated he has only mentioned them, in order to

assist him in remembering his faults, and that he ought to impute it to the providence of God, if, being conscious of none, some secret sin should be opportunely recalled to his mind.

The Curate may also add, that it is of very little consequence what men may

think conmatters what cerning the sick person, but that by making

a full confession of his sins to God, and being

him, but that it truly penitent for the same, he will be ac

counted innocent by God.

Fifth Rule. He should tell the sick that it little

men may think re

penitent God will think well of him.

By how much the more confidentially the person visited converses and freely discloses

Sixth Rule.

The Curate should promise to observe secrecy


to him as to a trustworthy physician the the sick good secret diseases of his soul, it will without

doubt be the duty of the Curate to inform him, that he is bound by his office to keep secret those things which, under the seal of confession, he has entrusted to him, as well as to give him the most wholesome counsel he is able, nor does it matter whether the person who seeks counsel be known to him or

If the sick person place not confi

not; for when it is sought from him, he ought, out of a sense of duty towards all, and without any respect of persons, to assist with salutary advice.

If the person visited, notwithstanding the Scventh Rule. Curate's friendly assurance, that nothing confided to him shall be revealed, but only the dence in him, best advice given, still evince a reluctance to recommend disclose his secret faults, he may be recom- in some other mended to call in some other lawful Minister God's Word. of the Word, upon whose advice he

may more securely depend; for if the Curate in advising thus, does not gain his confidence, he will at least remove the suspicion which the sick may otherwise chance to entertain of his searching too inquisitively into another man's condition.

As to remaining things to be said in visiting persons unknown to him, and with respect also to the prayers to be poured forth in their behalf, every one who has taken on him to visit the sick may learn these from his own discreet judgment, and from the rules included under the second division of this Manual.

Rules pertaining to the Fifth Division.

First Rule.

those who

Curate should in

It sometimes happens that the Curate In visiting has to visit those who are troubled with a are troubled variety of griefs, and being called in to attend

a person of this description, he must labour in quire into

the first place to learn the true cause of the grief; and to this end he should urge the sick to a special confession of his sins, and should inquire of others concerning his past life; he may learn also from those who wait on the sick in what manner he thinks and speaks of worldly things : for by these means he will learn with certainty whether the anguish under which he labours ought to be imputed to a diseased intellect and disordered mind, or to a consciousness of sins committed. If he know assuredly that it arises from the former cause, he should urge the sick to have recourse to medical advisers; for, under God, it is the office of such persons to heal diseases of this sort: he may give hope of his returning in a short time to his former quietness of mind,

the cause thereof.

If it arise from any injury of the brain, he should be urged to call in medical advice.

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