And yet Catholicism does not abandon ethics. No! No modern religion can leave ethics on one side. But our religion — although its doctors may protest against this — is fundamentally and for the most part a compromise between eschatology and ethics; it is eschatology pressed into the service of ethics. What else but this is that atrocity of the eternal pains of hell, which agrees so ill with the Pauline ? Let us bear in mind these words which the Theologica Germanica, the manual of mysticism thatread, puts into the mouth of God: "If I must recompense your evil, I must recompense it with good, for I am and have no other." Andsaid: "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do," and there is no man who perhaps knows what he does.