Quotations for November, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Feast of All Saints
Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury, and many other evangelicals, have been leaders in social reform, but it was not their religion. Their efforts succeeded because they put first things first, and believed firmly in the Word of God, in the conversion of the individual, in prayer, and in using spiritual means for spiritual work.
... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship, 1945, p. 69
(see the book; see also Jude 1:17-21; 1 Tim. 4:1-2,16; 2 Tim. 4:3; Heb. 12:1-2; more at Bible, Church, Conversion, God, Prayer, Reform, Religion, Social, Work)
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Feast of All Souls
Do you think that the work God gives us to do is never easy? Jesus says his yoke is easy, his burden is light. People sometimes refuse to do God’s work just because it is easy. This is, sometimes, because they cannot believe that easy work is his work; but there may be a very bad pride in it... Some again accept it with half a heart, and do it with half a hand. But, however easy any work may be, it cannot be well done without taking thought about it. And such people, instead of taking thought about their work, generally take thought about the morrow, in which no work can be done any more than in yesterday.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), The Seaboard Parish , London: Strahan, 1873, p. 31
(see the book; see also Matt. 11:28-30; Ps. 119:103-104; Pr. 3:13-17; Mic. 6:8; John 16:33; 2 Cor. 4:17; 12:9-10; Gal. 5;1; Phil. 4:13; 1 John 5:3-4; more at Burden, Giving, God, Jesus, Obedience, Thought, Work)
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Feast of Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
Commemoration of Martin of Porres, Dominican Friar, 1639
The real presence of Christ’s most precious Body and Blood is not to be sought for in the Sacrament, but in the worthy receiver of the Sacrament.
... Richard Hooker (1554?-1600), The Ecclesiastical Polity and Other Works of Richard Hooker, v. II, London: Holdsworth & Ball, 1830, V.lxvii, p. 288
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 11:27-31; Ps. 26:2-3; Lam. 3:40; Hag. 1:5-7; 2 Cor. 13:5; Gal. 6:4-5; 1 John 3:19-20; more at Blood, Christ, Church, Sacrament)
Friday, November 4, 2016
When He fashioned man, the Deity breathed into the human form the divine life, “and man became a living soul.” Man is created to be a witness and likeness of God. God and man are so near to one another that it was possible for the Eternal Word to become Man without ceasing to be God, to re-ascend to the Highest without dehumanizing the Manhood which He had assumed; so near that the believer may say in the fullest meaning of the words, “I live, yet not I, but Christ.”
... David M. M’Intyre (1859-1938), Faith’s Title Deeds, London: Morgan & Scott, 1924, p. 20
(see the book; see also Gen. 2:7; 1:26-27; John 1:1-14; Gal. 2:20; more at God, Jesus, Life, Man, Soul, Witness)
Saturday, November 5, 2016
The self-sins... dwell too deep within us and are too much a part of our natures to come to our attention till the light of God is focused upon them. The grosser manifestations of these sins, egotism, exhibitionism, self-promotion, are strangely tolerated in Christian leaders, even in circles of impeccable orthodoxy. They are so much in evidence as actually, for many people, to become identified with the gospel. I trust it is not a cynical observation to say that they appear these days to be a requisite for popularity in some sections of the Church visible. Promoting self under the guise of promoting Christ is currently so common as to excite little notice.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God , Christian Publications, 1982, p. 42
(see the book; see also 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Matt. 7:15; 23:27-28; Rom. 2:17-24; 1 Cor. 10:32-33; Gal. 6:3; Tit. 1:15-16; more at Authenticity, Church, Leader, Pride, Self, Self-righteousness, Sin, Tolerance)
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Feast of William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944
There is no hope of establishing a more Christian social order except through the labour and sacrifice of those in whom the Spirit of Christ is active.
... William Temple (1881-1944), Christianity and Social Order, Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1942, p. 100
(see the book; see also Rom. 15:8-9; Ps. 18:49; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 3:10-11; 6:12-13; Tit. 3:1-2; more at Christ, Holy Spirit, Hope, Labor, Sacrifice, Social)
Monday, November 7, 2016
Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia, 739
I saw that a humble man, with the blessing of the Lord, might live on a little; and that where the heart is set on greatness, success in business did not satisfy the craving, but that commonly with an increase of wealth, the desire of wealth increased.
... John Woolman (1720-1772), The Works of John Woolman, Philadelphia: Benjamin & Jacob Johnson, 1800, p. 25
(see the book; see also 1 Tim. 6:6-9; Matt. 6:19-21; 16:26; 18:1-4; Luke 12:15; 1 Tim. 6:17-19; Jas. 5:1-5; 1 John 3:17; more at Blessing, Greatness, Heart, Humility, Life, Man, Satisfaction, Success, Weakness, Wealth)
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Feast of Saints & Martyrs of England
O God of earth and altar,Bow down and hear our cry,Our earthly rulers falter,Our people drift and die;The walls of gold entomb us,The swords of scorn divide,Take not Thy thunder from us,But take away our pride. From all that terror teaches,From lies of tongue and pen,From all the easy speechesThat comfort cruel men,From sale and profanationOf honor and the sword,From sleep and from damnation,Deliver us, good Lord. Tie in a living tetherThe prince and priest and thrall,Bind all our lives together,Smite us and save us all;In ire and exultationAflame with faith, and free,Lift up a living nation,A single sword to Thee.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936),  The Collected Works of G. K. Chesterton, v. X, Ignatius Press, 1994, p. 141
(see the book; see also Ps. 34:6-7; Rom. 8:35-39; Eph. 6:14-18; Heb. 4:12; more at Adversity, Deliverance, Faith, God, Gold, Life, Nation, Prayers, Sword)
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Commemoration of Margery Kempe, Mystic, after 1433
That crowd of Jews would have followed Christ at that moment because He was giving them what they wanted [bread], and they wished to use Him for their plans and dreams and purposes. That attitude to Christ still lingers in men’s minds. We would like Christ’s gifts without Christ’s Cross; we would like to use Christ instead of allowing Him to use us.
... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Gospel of John, v. 1, Edinburgh: Saint Andrew Press, 1965, p. 210
(see the book; see also John 6:14-15; Matt. 20:21-22; Mark 10:35-38; Luke 22:24-26; John 7:3-6; Rom. 12:10; more at Attitudes, Authenticity, Bread, Christ, Cross, Crowd, Gifts, Giving, Purpose)
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Feast of Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, 461
Whoso goes seeking God and seeking aught with God does not find God; but he who seeks God by himself in truth does not find God alone: all God affords he finds, as well as God. Art thou looking for God, seeking God with a view to thy personal good, thy personal profit? Then in truth thou art not seeking God.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 42
(see the book; see also Luke 12:28-31; Matt. 6:30-34; 7:7; Luke 11:9; John 6:27; Acts 17:27; more at Attitudes, God, Selfish, Truth)
Friday, November 11, 2016
Feast of Martin, Monk, Bishop of Tours, 397
The heart of man is revealed in temptation. Man knows his sin, which without temptation he could never have known; for in temptation man knows on what he has set his heart. The coming to light of sin is the work of the accuser, who thereby thinks to have won the victory. But it is sin which is become manifest which can be known and therefore forgiven. Thus the manifestation of sin belongs to the salvation plan of God with man, and Satan must serve this plan.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Temptation, London: SCM Press, 1955, p. 29
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:4; 2 Chr. 32:31; Ps. 139:23-24; Jer. 17:9-10; Heb. 4:16; more at Forgiveness, God, Heart, Salvation, Satan, Sin, Temptation)
Saturday, November 12, 2016
In the communities of the faithful, men had to impress upon themselves and upon others what Jesus said and did, for the more convinced they were that he was neither a Jewish pretender nor an unsubstantial deity like one of the deities of the cults, the more urgent it was for them to recall that his words were the rule of their life, and that his actions in history had created their position in the world; they had to think out their faith, to state it against outside criticism, and to teach it within their own circle, instead of being content with it as a mere emotion; they had also to refresh their courage by anticipating the future, which they believed was in the hands of their Lord... The common basis of their life was the conviction that they enjoyed a new relationship with God, for which they were indebted to Jesus. The technical term for this relationship was “covenant,” and “covenant” became eventually in their vocabulary “testament.” Hence the later name for these writings of the church, when gathered into a sacred collection, was “The New Testament”—New because the older relationship of God to his people, which had obtained under Judaism with its Old Testament, was superseded by the faith and fellowship which Jesus Christ his Son had inaugurated. It was the consciousness of this that inspired the early Christians to live, and to write about the origin and applications of this new life. They wrote for their own age, without a thought of posterity, and they did not write in unison but in harmony.
... James Moffatt (1870-1944), A New Translation of the Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1935, New York: Harper, 1935, Introduction, p. xxii
(see the book; see also Jer. 31:31-34; 32:40; Rom. 8:2-4; 11:27; 2 Cor. 3:3; Heb. 8:10; 10:16; more at Bible, Faith, Fellowship, God, Historical, Jesus, Origin, Rule)
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Feast of Charles Simeon, Pastor, Teacher, 1836
The one supreme, unchangeable rule of love, which is a law to all intelligent beings of all worlds, and will be a law to all eternity is this, viz., that God alone is to be loved for himself, and all other beings only in him and for him. Whatever intelligent creature lives not under this rule of love, is so far fallen from the order of his creation, and is, till he returns to his eternal law of love, an apostate from God, and incapable of the kingdom of heaven.Now if God alone is to be loved for himself, then no creature is to be loved for itself; and so all self-love in every creature is absolutely condemned.And if all created beings are only to be loved in and for God, then my neighbour is to be loved, as I love myself, and I am only to love myself, as I love my neighbour, or any other created being, that is, only in and for God.
... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Prayer , London: E. Justins for Ogles, Duncan, and Cochran, 1816, p. 74
(see the book; see also Matt. 22:37-39; Deut. 6:5; 10:12; 30:6; Lev. 19:18; Mark 12:29-33; Luke 10:27; 1 John 5:2-5; more at Condemnation, Creation, Eternity, Kingdom, Love, Rule, Self)
Monday, November 14, 2016
Commemoration of Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796
Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.
... St. John Chrysostom (345?-407)
(see the book; see also Rom. 12:3; Pr. 16:18-19; 26:12; Mic. 6:8; 2 Cor. 12:7-9; Gal. 6:3; Phil. 2:3-4; Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5; more at Humility, Virtue, Weakness)
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Christian religion finds expression thus, in the love of those who love Christ, more comprehensibly and accessibly than in metaphysical or ethical statements. It is an experience rather than a conclusion, a way of life rather than an ideology; [it is] grasped through the imagination rather than understood through the mind, belonging to the realm of spiritual rather than intellectual perception; reaching quite beyond the dimension of words and ideas.
... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), Something Beautiful for God: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, London: Collins, 1971, p. 127
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:11-12; John 13:34-35; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; 1 Cor. 13:13; 1 John 2:5-6; 3:24; 4:17-18; more at Authenticity, Christ, Experience, Imagination, Life, Love, Perception, Religion, Way)
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Feast of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093
Commemoration of Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240
As a man increases in moral strength of character, so his conscience becomes more sensitive; he realises more keenly the distance that separates him from the ideal, and hence the weight of the feeling of guiltiness oppresses him ever more heavily. Growth in goodness does not, therefore, necessarily imply increased happiness; on the contrary, it may mean greater unhappiness. And his unhappiness increasing in proportion to the elevation of his ethical standard, a man’s end is either Buddha or suicide if he knows no God; while if he knows God, it is despair or that conversion which, having sobbed away its tears on the Father’s breast, thence derives ever new strength to fight the battle of life, sure of the final victory.
... Heinrich Weinel (1874-1936), St. Paul, the Man and His Work, New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1906, p. 92-93
(see the book; see also Ps. 42:11; Isa. 58:1; Luke 24:47; John 3:16-17; Acts 2:38; 17:30-31; 2 Cor. 7:10; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 John 1:9; more at Apologetics, Battle, Conscience, Conversion, Despair, Goodness, Growth, Guilt, Happiness, Ideal, Knowing God, Victory)
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Feast of Hugh, Carthusian Monk, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200
Nothing is so easy to men of goodwill as goodwill itself, and this is all that God requires. Every act of goodwill permanently and sensibly increases goodwill. Trifling acts of goodwill are often more efficacious in this way than great ones. A flower given in kindness and at the right time profits more, both to giver and receiver, than some vast material benefit in which the goodwill is hidden by the magnitude of the act. Some little, sensible, individual touch from the hand of Our Lord may convert the heart more than the contemplation of His death for us.
... Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), The Rod, the Root, and the Flower , London: G. Bell and Sons, 1907, p. 225-226
(see the book; see also Gal. 2:10; Matt. 5:39-44; Rom. 15:25-27; 2 Cor. 9:7-9; Heb. 13:16; more at Attitudes, Charity, Conversion, Flower, God, Goodness, Kindness, Permanence)
Friday, November 18, 2016
If we would put some slight stress on ourselves at the beginning, then afterwards we should be able to do all things with ease and joy.It is a hard thing to break through habit, and a yet harder thing to go contrary to our own will. Yet, if thou overcome not slight and easy obstacles, how shalt thou overcome greater ones? Withstand thy will at the beginning, and unlearn an evil habit, lest it lead thee little by little into worse difficulties. Oh, if thou knewest what peace to thyself thy holy life should bring, and what joy to others, methinketh thou wouldst be more zealous for spiritual profit.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xi.5, p. 45-46
(see the book; see also John 8:31-32; 1 Sam. 12:14; Matt. 24:12-13; John 15:4-8; Rom. 2:7; 1 Thess. 3:12-13; more at Holiness, Joy, Life, Obedience, Peace, Zeal)
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Feast of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
Commemoration of Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, Philanthropist, 1231
Commemoration of Mechtild, Bèguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, Prophet, 1280
If He hath promised to make us happy, though He hath not particularly declared to us wherein this happiness shall consist; yet we may trust Him that made us to find out ways to make us happy; and may believe, that He who made us, without our knowledge or desire is able to make us happy beyond them both.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. IV, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LXXVIII, p. 465
(see the book; see also 1 Thess. 1:4-7; Isa. 57:1-2; Matt. 5:12; Luke 6:23; Acts 5:41; 2 Cor. 4:17; 5:8; Phil. 1:21; Rev. 14:13; more at Attitudes, Belief, Happiness, Knowledge, Promise)
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Feast of Edmund of the East Angles, Martyr, 870
Commemoration of Priscilla Lydia Sellon, a Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance, but He has not promised tomorrow to your procrastination.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Sermon 73A, on the man who sowed good seed in his field, Sermons, v. III, Brooklyn, New York: New City Press, 1991, p. 296
(see the book; see also Luke 12:16-23; Isa. 21:12; Matt. 13:24-30; 24:42-43; John 9:4; 12:35; Eph. 5:15-16; Col. 4:5; more at Forgiveness, God, Procrastination, Promise, Repentance, Tomorrow)
Monday, November 21, 2016
The old pagans had to choose between a brilliant, jangling, irresponsible, chaotic universe, alive with lawless powers, and the serene and ordered universe of God and law. We modern pagans have to choose between that divine order, and the gray, dead, irresponsible, chaotic universe of atheism. And the tragedy is that we may make that choice without knowing it—not by clear conviction but by vague drifting, not by denying God, but by losing interest in Him.A nominal deist will say: “Yes, of course there must be some sort of Force that created the galaxy. But it’s childish to imagine that It has any personal relation to me!” In that belief atheism exists as an undiagnosed disease. The man who says, “One God,” and does not care, is an atheist in his heart. The man who speaks of God and will not recognize the presence of God burning in his mind as Moses recognized him in the burning bush—that man is an atheist, though he speak with the tongues of men or angels, and appear in his pew every Sunday, and make large contributions to the church.
... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p. 23
(see the book; see also Rom. 1:19-20; Ex. 3:2-4; Ps. 14:1; 19:1-6; Isa. 40:26; Jer. 10:10-11; John 1:9; Acts 14:16-17; 1 John 2:22-23; more at Atheism, Authenticity, Belief, Church, Lawless, Pagan, Sunday, Universe)
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230
Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writer, 1963
I too had noticed that our prayers for others flow more easily than those we offer on our own behalf. And it would be nice to accept your view that this just shows we are made to live by charity. I’m afraid, however, I detect two much less attractive reasons for the ease of my own intercessory prayers. One is that I am often, I believe, praying for others when I should be doing things for them. It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see him. And the other is like unto it. Suppose I pray that you may be given grace to withstand your besetting sin (short list of candidates for this post will be forwarded on demand). Well, all the work has to be done by God and you. If I pray against my own besetting sin there will be work for me. One sometimes fights shy of admitting an act to be a sin for this very reason.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, New York: Harcourt Brace and World, 1964, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 65
(see the book; see also 1 Tim. 2:1-4; Eph. 1:15-19; 3:14-19; Phil. 1:4-5,9-10; Col. 1:9; 4:12; 1 Thess. 3:12-13; Phlmn. 1:4-6; Jas. 5:16; more at Action, Charity, Intercession, Prayer, Sin)
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Commemoration of Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
[Eternal life is] naught else than that blessed regard wherewith Thou never ceasest to behold me, yea, even the secret places of my soul. With Thee, to behold is to give life: It is unceasingly to impart sweetest love of Thee; ’tis to inflame me to love of Thee by love’s imparting, and to feed me by inflaming, and by feeding to kindle my yearning, and by kindling to make me drink of the dew of gladness, and by drinking to infuse in me a fountain of life, and by infusing to make it increase and endure.
... Nicolas of Cusa (1401-1464), The Vision of God , tr., Emma Gurney Salter, London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1928, p. 17
(see the book; see also Rom. 6:22-23; Isa. 35:1-2; Matt. 13:43; Rev. 7:17; Rom. 2:7; 1 John 2:24-25; more at Eternal life, Gladness, Life, Love, Providence, Soul, Yearn)
Thursday, November 24, 2016
It is God Himself, personally present and redeemingly active, who comes to meet men in this Man of Nazareth. Jesus is more than a religious genius, such as George Fox, and more than a holy man, such as the lovable Lama in Kipling’s Kim. He himself knows that he is more... The Gospel story is a tree rooted in the familiar soil of time and sense; but its roots go down into the Abyss and its branches fill the Heavens; given to us in terms of a country in the Eastern Mediterranean no bigger than Wales, during the Roman Principate of Tiberius Caesar in the first century of our era, its range is universal; it is on the scale of eternity. God’s presence and his very Self were made manifest in the words and works of this Man. In short, the Man Christ Jesus has the decisive place in man’s ageless relationship with God.He is what God means by ‘Man’. He is what man means by ‘God’.
... John S. Whale (1896-1997), Christian Doctrine, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966, pp. 101,104
(see the book; see also Matt. 3:13-17; Isa. 9:6; Mic. 5:2; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22; John 1:1-2,32; 8:56-58; Col. 1:17; Heb. 13:8; more at Eternity, God, Gospel, Jesus, Man, Time)
Friday, November 25, 2016
Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
It may seem absurd to some that all desires by which man is by nature affected are so completely condemned—although they have been bestowed by God himself, the author of nature. To this I reply that we do not condemn those inclinations which God so engraved upon the character of man at his first creation, that they were eradicable only with humanity itself; but only those bold and unbridled impulses which contend against God’s control.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I , tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, III.iii.12, p. 544
(see the book; see also 1 John 2:15-17; John 15:19; Rom. 12:2; Col. 3:1-2; 1 John 4:4-5; more at Condemnation, Contention, God, Man, Nature, Sin, Sinner)
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Commemoration of Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748
My God, how endless is Thy love!Thy gifts are ev’ry ev’ning new;And morning mercies from aboveGently distill like early dew. Thou spread’st the curtains of the night,Great guardian of my sleeping hours;Thy sov’reign word restores the light,And quickens all my drowsy pow’rs. I yield my pow’rs to Thy command,To Thee I consecrate my days;Perpetual blessings from Thine handDemand perpetual songs of praise.
... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Hymns and Spiritual Songs , in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, book I, hymn 81, p. 333-334
(see the book; see also Lam. 3:21-23; Ps. 30:5; Isa. 33:2; 45:7; Zeph. 3:5; more at Blessing, Consecration, Day, God, Love, Mercy, Morning, Praise, Providence, Renewal, Sleep, Song)
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Ability of speech in time and season is an especial gift of God, and that eminently with respect unto the spiritual things of the Gospel; but a profluency of speech, venting itself on all occasions and on no occasions, making men open their mouths wide when indeed they should shut them and open their ears, and to pour out all that they know and what they do not know, making them angry if they are not heard and impatient if they are contradicted, is an unconquerable fortification against all true spiritual wisdom.
... John Owen (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. VI-IX , in Works of John Owen, v. IV, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 459
(see the book; see also Matt. 10:19-20; Mark 12:36; Luke 21:14-15; 2 Tim. 4:17; Jas. 1:26; 3:5-10; 1 Pet. 3:10; 2 Pet. 1:21; more at Apologetics, Gifts, Gospel, Knowledge, Preach, Truth, Wisdom)
Monday, November 28, 2016
It is through dying to concern for self that we are born to new life with God and others; in such dying and rebirth, we find that life is lent to be spent; and in such spending of what we are lent, we find there is an infinite supply.
... Glenn Olds
(see also Luke 17:33; Matt. 10:39; Rom. 6:4-13; 7:4; more at Death, God, Infinite, Life, Obedience, Self)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
He who has found his soul’s life in God is happy—not in truth with perfect happiness; that is not granted to men in this world, but a foretaste thereof—he has a secret joy which is beyond the reach of temptation, unrest and sorrow; a quiet confidence and steadfastness which abide even while the waves and storms of life sweep over him... When the soul has sincerely given itself up to God, He fills it with His own peace, a peace which makes all earthly things indifferent—as before His Presence, absorbing the heart. It is our strength, our comfort, our guide, the deeper and more confirmed it becomes, the greater our spiritual perfection; so that in truth to obtain and preserve this peace is the real secret of the interior life.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 143,145-146
(see the book; see also Isa. 26:3; Ps. 85:8; John 14:27; 16:33; Eph. 2:14; Phil. 4:7; more at God, Happiness, Life, Peace, Submission, Weakness)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Feast of Andrew the Apostle
He was the Word that spake it;He took the bread and brake it;And what that Word did make itI do believe, and take it.
... John Donne (1573-1631), but also ascribed by contemporaries to Elizabeth I
(see the book; see also John 6:32-35, 47-51; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-25; more at Bread, Church, Communion)
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