Wonderful are your decrees;
therefore I observe them.
1 Cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3.
2 Acts 8:9-24: the story of Simon and the origin of simony. The Simonites do not exist; probably Don Alberione refers to “simoniacs,” as on p. 270, where he names them still with the Nicholaits.
3 Gnostics belonging to at least two different sects, one during the apostolic times that derived its name from that of the deacon Nicholas of Antioch (Acts 6:5), the other that was connected with the Barbelognostics and flourished in the I-II centuries after Christ. The first, denounced in the Apocalypse (Rv 2:6,14-15), believed in compromising with idolatry and sexual liberties; the second, into which the first seems to flow, was part of Egyptian gnosis, and it also gave great importance to the sexual element.