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From 1956 —
VIRTUE is its own Reward
There is more to marriage than music and moonlight; there is trust … and sharing … and being loved and deserving to be.
There is companionship through years of growing up and growing old together.
And to each partner in an honest marriage there will come a time when nothing will be more important than personal purity.
And it will not be just at some passing hour – but day after day, year after year – as long as you look at your loved ones – as long as you can feel, in reality or in memory, the small hand of a son or daughter as it closes around your finger.
You – each of you – should take no less to marriage than personal purity.
You have a right to expect it of the companion you choose – you have a sacred obligation to keep it and to offer it in return.
The rewards of virtuous living are rich and enduring, but the price of sin runs high.
The reward of virtue is a quiet conscience – the right to answer every question without reservation – the right to look every man squarely in the eye, and every boy and girl and woman also – without an accusing conscience. It is the right to pass on to your children and your children’s children a clean record, a clean heritage, a good name.
You cannot cheat. You cannot avoid consequences. So be virtuous.
BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF