“My Duty To My Neighbor” – Circa 1940

Several years ago, there was a popular book entitled, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten”.

I don’t recall ever reading it, but the book reiterated basic lessons for children that proved to be reliable guides to success in life.

In reviewing old Sunday School materials, from many denominations, one is struck by a similar thought – Sunday School was not a bad start to healthy living.

On future Sundays, I will post some of the stories that were presented to children attending Sunday Schools in the 1920’s and 1930’s. 

The stories emphasize helping others, kindness to animals, making friends of enemies, and doing good deeds without expectation of reward.

The postcard today was published by the Morehouse-Gorham Company of New York, a publishing house that printed resources for the Episcopal Church.

(The founder of the company was Frederick Morehouse, distinguished Episcopal layman and long-time editor of “The Living Church” periodical.)

Because of the publisher, I suspected that the selection of text on this postcard was part of the Catechism, often studied by young folks in preparation for Confirmation. 

A quick consultation with the 1928 Book of Common Prayer on my bookcase confirmed this suspicion.

The language has been revised in the current Book of Common Prayer – it is bit less stilted and formal – but the thought is the same.

Blessings on all those who study and who strive to perform “my duty towards my neighbor”.


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