Quotations for July, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Commemoration of John & Henry Venn, Priests, Evangelical Divines, 1813, 1873
Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction. We may as well try to instruct leprosy out of our system. There must be a work of God in destruction before we are free. We must invite the cross to do its deadly work within us. We must bring our self-sins to the cross for judgment. We must prepare ourselves for an ordeal of suffering in some measure like that through which our Savior passed when He suffered under Pontius Pilate.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God , Christian Publications, 1982, p. 43
(see the book; see also Rom. 6:4-7; 8:13-14; Gal. 2:20; 5:24; 6:14; Col. 2:11-14; 3:5; more at Cross, Death, Instruction, Judgment, Self, Sin, Spiritual life, Suffer)
Monday, July 2, 2012
To realize that you are safe and happy standing at God’s side, with His love encompassing you because you are forgiven; too happy to take offense any more; too much in love with life to want to be made miserable with an unforgiving heart, and that now every conflict is a chance to learn more of the exceeding beauty of Love: that is worth living for, and surely worth dying to this misery-making self for. [Continued tomorrow]
... Florence Allshorn (1887-1950), The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 67
(see the book; see also Gen. 50:20; Matt. 18:21-22; Luke 14:27; Acts 13:37-39; Rom. 6:6-8,11; 12:17-21; 2 Cor. 4:10-11; more at Forgiveness, God, Happiness, Heart, Love, Safety)
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Feast of Thomas the Apostle
[Continued from yesterday]And let us be grateful beyond words for this: that God will not let us alone until we have learnt it and stand by His side. He troubles us, He brings His disturbing light back and back to us, showing us how coarse and heavy the dying self, seeking her own, is. How horrible it is that any feeling of unforgiveness, accepted and held on to, towards our brother, drives God from our side; how quickly we must do all we can to heal the separation, because we are out in the cold and the dark indeed, if divorced from that Love.
... Florence Allshorn (1887-1950), The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn, London: SCM Press, 1957, p. 67
(see the book; see also Matt. 5:44-45; 6:14-15; Mark 11:25; Acts 13:37-39; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 3:9; more at Affliction, Forgiveness, God, Gratitude, Love, Trouble)
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Devotion is not a passing emotion—it is a fixed, enduring habit of mind, permeating the whole life, and shaping every action. It rests upon a conviction that God is the Sole Source of Holiness, and that our part is to lean upon Him and be absolutely guided and governed by Him; and it necessitates an abiding hold on Him, a perpetual habit of listening for His Voice within the heart, as of readiness to obey the dictates of that Voice.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 9
(see the book; see also Rom. 11:16; 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-25; Phil. 1:9-11; 1 John 5:1-4; 2 John 1:6; Jude 1:21; more at Conviction, Devotion, Holiness, Listening, Mind, Obedience)
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Instinctively and automatically [the carnal mind] will mobilize all the reasons it can conceive of for not praying now: You are too busy; your mind is too preoccupied; your heart is not inclined toward prayer; later on you will have more time, your mind will be more calm and collected, and you will be able to pray in a more devotional frame of mind... Before you know it, the entire day is gone, and you have not had a single quiet hour with God.
... O. Hallesby (1879-1961), Prayer, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1943, reprint, Augsburg Fortress Books, 1975, 1994, p. 88-89
(see the book; see also Ps. 53:1; John 7:7; Rom. 7:5; 8:6-7; 13:14; Gal. 6:7-8; Eph. 4:17-19; Jas. 1:13-15; 1 John 2:15-16; more at Devotion, God, Heart, Mind, Prayer, Reason, Time)
Friday, July 6, 2012
Feast of John Huss, Reformer, Martyr, 1413
Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, &
John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535
The most critical issue facing Christians is not abortion, pornography, the disintegration of the family, moral absolutes, MTV, drugs, racism, sexuality, or school prayer. The critical issue today is dullness. We have lost our astonishment. The good News is no longer good news, it is okay news. Christianity is no longer life changing, it is life enhancing. Jesus doesn’t change people into wild-eyed radicals anymore. He changes them into “nice people”.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 23
(see the book; see also Ps. 119:111; Isa. 35:1-2; Matt. 13:44; Acts 8:5-8, 38-39; 13:52; 16:31-34; Phil. 4:4; more at Attitudes, Dullness, Goodness, Jesus, Life, Morality, Tidings, Today)
Saturday, July 7, 2012
The symbol of the New Testament and the Christian Church is a cross, which stands for a love faithful despite physical agony and rejection by the world. No amount of air-conditioning and pew-cushioning in the suburban church can cover over the hard truth that the Christian life... is a narrow way of suffering; that discipleship is costly: that, for the faithful, there is always a cross to be carried. No one can understand Christianity to its depths who comes to it to enjoy it as a pleasant weekend diversion.
... W. Waldo Beach (1916-2000), The Christian Life, Richmond, Va.: CLC Press, 1966
(see the book; see also Matt. 7:13-14; 19:20-21; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 13:24; John 10:9; Gal. 5:24; more at Bible, Church, Cross, Disciple, Faith, Life, Love, Suffer, Truth)
Sunday, July 8, 2012
It has been too much the custom to regard the earliest Christian books as written in a specially Christian form of speech, standing apart and distinguishable from the common language of the eastern Roman provinces. Had that been the case, it is not too bold to say that the new religion could not have conquered the Empire. It was because Christianity appealed direct to the people, addressed them in their own language, and made itself comprehensible to them on their own plane of thought, that it met the needs and filled the heart of the Roman world.
... Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939), The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904, p. 51
(see the book; see also Gen. 11:1-9; Acts 2:8-11; 17:18; 21:40; more at Apologetics, Heart, Historical, People, Preach, Religion, Thought, World)
Monday, July 9, 2012
Ages of faith are not marked by “dialogue” but by proclamation.
... Peter L. Berger (b. 1929), Facing up to Modernity, Basic Books, 1977, p. 192
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:27; Luke 9:59-60; Acts 20:27; Rom. 10:17; Col. 4:3; Jas. 1:25; 1 Pet. 1:23; 4:6; 1 John 1:1; more at Church, Faith, Preach)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A right relation is in wrong proportions when God’s kingdom is obscured or forgotten. Christians have a right to make money; no one has a better right. But when money-making means such absorption of time and vitality, that Christian work and worship cannot be kept up, there the line is crossed between right and wrong.
... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 34
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:24; 23:23; Luke 16:9-13; Acts 8:20; 1 Tim. 6:10; 2 Tim. 2:4; 1 Pet. 1:14; 1 John 2:15-17; more at Kingdom, Money, Work, Worship, Wrong)
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
It is one thing to believe in justification by faith, it is another thing to be justified by faith.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 73
(see the book; see also Matt. 9:12-13; Rom. 1:16,17; 3:25, 26; 4:20-22; Phil. 3:8-11; Gal. 2:15-16; more at Belief, Conversion, Faith, Justification)
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Treating [Psalm 34] as from Jesus adds a beauty and a power to its teachings which would be otherwise missing. What was true for David in a shadowy or figurative sense was literally true for Jesus. For example, in verses 1 and 2, David declared “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord.” For David this expresses his intention, but this statement is literally and beautifully descriptive of Jesus’ way of life. So it is with the whole psalm.
... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”, section II
(see the book; see also Ps. 34:1-2,22; Matt. 26:52-56; Luke 24:26-27,44; more at Beauty, Example, God, Jesus, Power, Praise, Truth)
Friday, July 13, 2012
If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), quoted in The God Who is There , Francis A. Schaeffer, in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Francis A. Schaeffer, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 11
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:19-20; Mark 13:11; Luke 6:22-23; 12:11-12; 21:15; Acts 6:9-10; Eph. 6:11-17; 2 Tim. 4:17; more at Authenticity, Battle, Christ, Confession, Devil, God, Loyalty, Proof, Truth)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Feast of John Keble, Priest, Poet, Tractarian, 1866
If on our daily course our mindBe set, to hallow all we find,New treasures still, of countless price,God will provide for sacrifice. The trivial round, the common task,Would furnish all we ought to ask;Room to deny ourselves; a roadTo bring us, daily, nearer God.
... John Keble (1792-1866), The Christian Year , G. W. Doane, ed., Philadelphia: Lea & Blanchard, 1842, p. 18-19
(see the book; see also Lam. 4:2; Ps. 145:18; Luke 10:9; 1 Cor. 1:28-29; 2 Cor. 4:7; 5:1; Eph. 1:18-21; Heb. 7:18-19; 10:19-22; Jas. 4:8; more at Attitudes, God, Mind, Sacrifice, Treasure)
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862
Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar, Bishop, Peacemaker, 1274
As I see it, true prayer is neither mystical rapture nor ritual observance nor philosophical reflection: it is the outpouring of the soul before a living God, the crying to God “out of the depths.” Such prayer can only be uttered by one convicted of sin by the grace of God and moved to confession by the Spirit of God. True prayer is an encounter with the Holy in which we realize not only our creatureliness and guilt but also the joy of knowing that our sins are forgiven through the atoning death of the divine savior, Jesus Christ. In such an encounter, we are impelled not only to bow before God and seek his mercy but also to offer thanksgiving for grace that goes out to undeserving sinners.
... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), The Struggle of Prayer, Harper & Row, 1980, p. 8
(see the book; see also Ps. 130:1-4; John 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 15:57; Col. 3:17; 1 Tim. 4:4-5; more at Atonement, Confession, Conviction, Forgiveness, God, Grace, Guilt, Joy, Prayer, Sin, Sinner, Soul, Thanksgiving)
Monday, July 16, 2012
Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099
We think of the enormous sacrifices of those early Christians; but what struck them was the immensity of their inheritance in Christ. Take that one phrase (surely the most daring that the mind of man ever conceived), “We are the heirs of God.” That is what they felt about it, that not God Himself could have a fuller life than theirs, and that even He would share all that He had with them! Tremendous words that stagger through their sheer audacity! And yet, here we are, whispering about the steepness of the way, the soreness of the self-denial, the heaviness of the cross, whining and puling, giving to those outside the utterly grotesque impression that religion is a gloomy kind of thing, a dim, monastic twilight where we sit and shiver miserably, out of the sunshine that God made for us, and meant us to enjoy; [that it is] all a doing that nobody would naturally choose, and refraining from what everyone would naturally take; a species of insurance money grudgingly doled out lest some worse thing come upon us.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p. 8
(see the book; see also Ps. 37:28-29; Acts 20:32; Rom. 8:16-17; Eph. 1:11-14; Tit. 3:7; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 1:5-6; more at Bearing, Church, Giving, Gloom, God, Inheritance, Religion, Sacrifice, Self-sacrifice)
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
[God desires] not that He may say to them, “Look how mighty I am, and go down upon your knees and worship,”—for power alone was never yet worthy of prayer; but that He may say thus: “Look, my children, you will never be strong but with my strength. I have no other to give you. And that you can get only by trusting in me. I can not give it you any other way. There is no other way.”
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I , London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 513
(see the book; see also Deut. 20:3-4; Isa. 40:31; Hag. 2:4; Zech. 8:13; Eph. 6:10; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:10-12; 2 Tim. 4:17; Heb. 11:1; 1 Pet. 5:10; more at Faith, God, Power, Prayer, Strength, Trust, Worship)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
If God is silent now at times when we long for some sign from Him, it is because by means of silence He can best make known to us His mind. His silence may mean that our request is so foreign to His will, that it may not be heeded without hurt to the petitioner. Or, on the other hand, He may be luring on our faith and inciting it to a more ambitious flight. Or, again, it may be that His silence is His way of telling us that the answer to our query or petition lies in ourselves.
... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World , London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 37
(see the book; see also Ps. 28:1; 35:22; 83:1; 94:8-10; Isa. 59:1-2; Matt. 13:13-16; Luke 11:34-35; 17:20-21; John 8:47; Rom. 14:17-18; more at Faith, God, Longing, Silence)
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379
The NT is entirely silent as to this special and, as it were, localized priesthood. Surely, if the ministry had been regarded as exercising a priesthood distinguishable from the priesthood of all believers, or regarded as the priesthood of the church in a specialized way, it would have been necessary to show that this ministerial priesthood existed in the early church. Yet there are no priestly functions associated with the Christian ministry as such in the NT. Instead, the priesthood of all believers is inherent in their relation to Christ. This is the divine warrant for it and there is no such warrant for any narrower or modified form of it.
... W. H. Griffith Thomas (1861-1924), from “A Question for the Day” [ca. 1900]
(see the book; see also Eph. 4:16; 2 Tim. 2:2; Heb. 7:24; 1 Pet. 1:23; 2:5,9; Rev. 5:10; more at Christ, Church, Minister, Priest)
Friday, July 20, 2012
Commemoration of Bartolomè de las Casas, Apostle to the Indies, 1566
It is an unspeakable mercy that the Father comes with His chastisement, makes the world round us all dark and unattractive, leads us to feel more deeply our sinfulness, and for a time lose our joy in what was becoming so dangerous. He does it in the hope that, when we have found our rest in Christ in time of trouble, we shall learn to choose abiding in Him as our only portion; and when the affliction is removed, have so grown more firmly into Him, that in prosperity He still shall be our only joy. So much has He set His heart on this, that though He has indeed no pleasure in afflicting us, He will not keep back even the most painful chastisement if He can but thereby guide His beloved child to come home and abide in the beloved Son.
... Andrew Murray (1828-1917), Abide in Christ, Philadelphia: The Rodgers Co., 1895?, p. 133-134
(see the book; see also Amos 4:8-11; Hag. 2:17; John 15:2-4; Heb. 12:5-11; 2 John 1:9; Rev. 3:19; more at Affliction, Christ, Darkness, Father, Guidance, Joy, Mercy, Prosperity, Rest, Sin)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year, to a great bundle of faggots, far too large for us to lift. But God does not require us to carry the whole at once; he mercifully unties the bundle, and gives us first one stick, which we are to carry today, and then another, which we are to carry tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage, if we would only take the burden appointed for us each day; but we choose to increase our troubles by carrying yesterday’s stick over again today, and adding tomorrow’s burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.
... John Newton (1725-1807), The Life of John Newton, American Tract Society by Pudney, Hooker & Russell, 1854, p. 116
(see the book; see also Ps. 37:3; 55:22; Lam. 3:22-23; Matt. 6:11,25,31-34; Luke 12:27-29; 1 Pet. 5:7; more at Bearing, Burden, God, Mercy, Today, Tomorrow, Trouble, Weakness, Yesterday)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Feast of Mary Magdalen, Apostle to the Apostles
If that in sight of God is greatWhich counts itself for small,We by that law humilityThe chiefest grace must call;Which being such, not knows itselfTo be a grace at all. How glorious was that meekest manIn all eyes save his own,When from his splendid countenanceOn all the people shoneA glory insupportable,Unto himself unknown.
... Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Poems, London: Macmillan, 1874, p. 148
(see the book; see also Ex. 34:29; Matt. 11:29; Mark 9:35; John 13:14-16; 1 Cor. 1:28-29; Eph. 4:2; Phil. 2:3-4; Col. 3:12; Jas. 1:9-10; 4:10; 1 Pet. 5:2-6; more at Glory, Grace, Humility, Meekness, People, Salvation)
Monday, July 23, 2012
Commemoration of Bridget of Sweden, Abbess of Vadstena, 1373
Church union set in the framework of denominational relativisms becomes a tug of war as to which denominational truth is recognized as uppermost, and therefore church union becomes impossible. But church union set in the framework of the Kingdom puts each denomination in its place, not as the Truth, but as a phase of something beyond itself. Church union is an almost inevitable corollary of the rediscovery of the Kingdom.
... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), The Christ of the American Road, Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, 1944, p. 222
(see the book; see also Ps. 133:1; Matt. 23:8; Luke 17:20-21; John 17:22-23; Acts 4:32; Rom. 14:13; 1 Cor. 1:10; 15:50; Eph. 3:4; Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 3:8; more at Church, Kingdom, Truth, Unity)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Commemoration of Thomas à Kempis, priest, spiritual writer, 1471
Count not thyself to have found true peace, if thou hast felt no grief; nor that then all is well if thou hast no adversary; nor that this is perfect if all things fall out according to thy desire.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, III.xxv.3, p. 163
(see the book; see also Ps. 119:75; Jon. 1:14-2:4; Acts 16:23-25; more at Grief, Peace, Perfection, Weakness)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Feast of James the Apostle
Nowadays the conviction of sin is widely misunderstood—secularists pity Christians, whom they picture as men bowed to the ground under an enormous burden of self-condemnation, men who go around all the time feeling guilty. Actually, of course, as anyone who has experienced conversion knows, the Christian is the only man who does not go around all the time feeling guilty. For him, sin is a burden he can lay down; he can admit, repent, and be forgiven. It is the unfortunate creature who denies the existence of sin in general, or his own in particular, who must go on carrying it forever.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 113
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:29-30; 26:28; Acts 2:38; Heb. 8:8-12; Jas. 5:20; 1 John 1:7-9; more at Burden, Condemnation, Conversion, Conviction, Forgiveness, Guilt, Man, Repentance, Self, Sin)
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Life together under the Word will remain sound and healthy only where it does not form itself into a movement, an order, a society... but rather where it understands itself as being a part of the one, holy, catholic, Christian Church, where it shares actively and passively in the sufferings and struggles of the whole Church. Every principle of selection, every separation connected with it that is not necessitated quite objectively by common work, local conditions, or family connections is of the greatest danger to a Christian community. When the way of intellectual or spiritual selection is taken, the human element always insinuates itself and robs the fellowship of its spiritual power and its effectiveness for the Church, and drives it into sectarianism.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together , tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 45
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:40; Rom. 14:1; 15:7; Gal. 6:1; 1 Thess. 5:14; 2 Thess. 3:14,15; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; more at Church, Community, Fellowship, Health, Holiness, Life, Share, Social)
Friday, July 27, 2012
Commemoration of Brooke Foss Westcott, Bishop of Durham, Teacher, 1901
Commemoration of John R. W. Stott, spiritual writer and teacher, 2011
The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of derelict, half-built towers—the ruins of those who began to build and were unable to finish. All too many people still ignore Christ’s warning and undertake to follow him without first pausing to reflect on the cost of doing so. The result is the great scandal of so-called nominal Christianity.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Basic Christianity, Nottingham, U.K.: Inter-Varsity Press, 2008, third edition, p. 132
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:22; 20:22-23; Luke 14:28-30,33; more at Beginning, Christ, Failure, People)
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, musician, 1750
The most sober Reason thus acquainted with the nature of our fall, must be forced to consider this world as having merely the nature of an hospital, where people only are, because they are distempered, and where no happiness is sought for, but that of being healed, and made fit to leave it.
... William Law (1686-1761), Christian Regeneration , in Works of Rev. William Law, v. V, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 18
(see the book; see also 2 Chr. 30:20; Ps. 30:1-2; Isa. 6:10; 53:5; Jer. 17:14; Matt. 8:6-10; 9:5-6; 1 Pet. 2:24; Rev. 22:1-2; more at Fall, Happiness, Health, Reason, Sickness, Sin, World)
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord
To hold your truth, to believe it with all your heart, to work with all your might, first to make it real to yourself and then to show its preciousness to other men, and then—not till then, but then—to leave the questions of when and how and by whom it shall prevail, to God; that is the true life of the true believer. There is no feeble unconcern and indiscriminateness there, and neither is there any excited hatred of the creed, the doctrine, or the Church which you feel wholly wrong. You have not fled out of the furnace of bigotry to freeze on the open and desolate plains of indifference. You believe, and yet you have no wish to persecute.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Sermons, v. III, New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., 1883, Sermon XII, p. 257
(see the book; see also Job 39:1; Eccl. 9:1; John 7:16,17; Acts 5:34,38-39; more at Attitudes, Belief, Church, Heart, Indifference, Persecution, Truth)
Monday, July 30, 2012
Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
The diligent perusal of the Holy Scriptures would discover to us our past ignorance. We should cease to be deceived by superficial appearances, and to confound the gospel of Christ with the systems of philosophers; we should become impressed with the weighty truth, so much forgotten in the present day, that Christianity calls on us, as we value our immortal souls, not merely in general, to be religious and moral, but specially to believe the doctrines, imbibe the principles, and practise the precepts of Christ.
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 80
(see the book; see also Ps. 1:2; 119:15; Rom. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 1:17-21; 2:13; Phil. 2:5; Col. 2:8-10; 1 Tim. 4:15; 6:20-21; 1 Pet. 3:15; more at Christ, Diligence, Gospel, Ignorance, Morality, Philosophy, Truth)
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Commemoration of Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given all to me. To Thee, O Lord, I now return it. All is Thine, dispose of it wholly according to Thy will. Give me Thy love and grace, for this is sufficient for me.
... St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491/5-1556), The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Random House, Inc., 2000, p. 80
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:7-8; John 6:37-39; 7:17; 10:27; Rom. 12:1-2; 14:8; 2 Cor. 5:5; 1 Pet. 4:19; more at Abasement, Christ, Fool, Honor, Poverty, Prayers, Wisdom, World)
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