Quotations for May, 2022
Sunday, May 1, 2022
Feast of Philip & James, Apostles
As long as I live, I will never appeal for money for the mission of God in this world. This is a degradation of God and of ourselves, which has pauperized us in every way over the centuries. God has no need, and if the mission is God’s, then we do not ask for help to give God a boost; therefore we do not appeal for funds. We allow people to take a share in God’s work, and this is a very different thing.
... Stephen F. Bayne, Jr. (1908-1974), Comments on “Mutual Responsibility and Interdependence in the Body of Christ,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 130
(see the book; see also Phil. 4:11-19; Luke 10:2-7; Acts 4:33-37; 13:2-3; 2 Cor. 5:7-9; 8:1-2; 9:10-13; 11:9; more at Giving, God, Life, Mission, Money, Share, Work)
Monday, May 2, 2022
Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373
The Word was not degraded by receiving a body... Rather, he deified what he put on; and, more than that, he bestowed this gift upon the race of men.
... St. Athanasius (293?-373), from Contra Arianos, i.42, in The Early Christian Fathers, Henry Scowcroft Bettenson, London: Oxford University Press, 1969, p. 384
(see the book; see also Gal. 3:16; Rom. 9:5; John 10:34-36; Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 1:1-3; 10:5-7; 1 John 1:1-3; 4:2-3; more at Gifts, Grace, Sanctification)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
To begin with, let me say in the plainest, simplest, strongest way that I can, that that dwelling of Christ in the believing heart is to be regarded as being a plain literal fact... It is not to be weakened down into any notion of participation in His likeness, sympathy with His character, submission to His influence, following His example, listening to His instruction, or the like. A dead Plato may so influence his followers, but that is not how a living Christ influences His disciples... God means and wishes that Christ may continuously dwell in our hearts.
... Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910), Christ in the Heart: and other sermons, Macmillan, 1887, p. 16-19
(see the book; see also John 6:53-56; Zech. 2:10-11; John 14:16-17,23; 17:22-23; Rom. 8:9-11; Eph. 3:16-17; Col. 1:27; 1 John 4:4; Rev. 3:20; more at Christ, Christlikeness, Example, Heart, Influence, Instruction, Listening, Submission, Sympathy, Truth)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
Faith is not a refuge from reality. It is a demand that we face reality, with all its difficulties, opportunities, and implications. The true subject matter of religion is not our own little souls, but the Eternal God and His whole mysterious purpose, and our solemn responsibility to Him.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The School of Charity, New York: Longmans, Green, 1934, reprinted, Morehouse Publishing, 1991, p. 105
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:4; Hab. 2:4; Luke 12:22-32; 17:6; more at Faith, God, Purpose, Religion, Responsibility, Truth)
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Modern culture is a mighty force. It is either subservient to the gospel or else it is the deadliest enemy of the gospel. For making it subservient, religious emotion is not enough, intellectual labor is also necessary. And that labor is being neglected. The Church has turned to easier tasks. And now she is reaping the fruits of her indolence. Now she must battle for her life.
... J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), The Princeton Theological Review, v. 11, 1911, p. 13
(see the book; see also Matt. 7:15-16; Prov. 18:9; Isa. 56:10; Rom. 16:17-18; Phil. 1:27; 1 Tim. 6:12; Jude 1:2; more at Battle, Church, Culture, Enemy, Gospel, Indolence, Labor)
Friday, May 6, 2022
God has declared to us His mystic rapture in His Marriage with Humanity in twice saying, “[This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased].” He expressly and repeatedly calls this marriage, and pronounces the marriage of Man and Woman to be its symbol. This is the burning heart of the Universe.
... Coventry Patmore (1823-1896), The Rod, the Root, and the Flower , London: G. Bell and Sons, 1907, p. 212
(see the book; see also Eph. 5:25-27; Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 2 Pet. 1:17-18; more at God, Heart, Jesus, Marriage, Mystic, Universe)
Saturday, May 7, 2022
It is true, terrors of conscience cast us down; and yet without terrors of conscience we cannot be raised up again.
... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Feb. 2, 1632, p. 166
(see the book; see also 1 Pet. 3:15-16; Rom. 2:14-15; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:3-5; Heb. 10:19-22; more at Affliction, Conscience, Redemption)
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013
[Our Lord] saith thus: Pray inwardly, though thou thinkest it savour thee not: for it is profitable, though thou feel not, though thou see nought; yea, though thou think thou canst not. For in dryness and in barrenness, in sickness and in feebleness, then is thy prayer well-pleasant to me, though thou thinkest it savour thee nought but little. And so is all thy believing prayer in my sight.
... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901, ch. XLI, p. 85-86
(see the book; see also Ps. 42:3-8; 116:2; Rom. 8:26; 12:12; 1 Thess. 5:17; more at Belief, God, Prayer, Sickness)
Monday, May 9, 2022
Every word or matter ought to be accredited by the testimony of inspired Scripture. Nor ought anyone to dare to annul or add anything. For if everything which is not of faith is sin, as the Apostle says, and faith by hearing, and hearing by the word of God: everything outside inspired Scripture not being of faith is sin.
... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), Moralia, xxvi. & lxxix. 22
(see also Mark 7:10-13; Matt. 5:18; 15:5-6; Rom. 14:23; 10:17; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19; more at Faith, Inspiration, Scripture, Sin)
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
At the bottom of the modern man there is always a great thirst for self-forgetfulness, self-distraction; he has a secret horror of all which makes him feel his own littleness; the eternal, the infinite, perfection, therefore scare and terrify him. He wishes to approve himself, to admire and congratulate himself; and therefore he turns away from all those problems and abysses which might recall to him his own nothingness.
... Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel, tr. Mrs. Humphry Ward, New York: Macmillan, 1885, p. 169
(see the book; see also Ps. 104:29; Gen. 2:7; 3:19; Job 1:21; Ps. 90:3; Isa. 6:5; more at Greatness, Man, Self, Self-righteousness)
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
You are leaving port under sealed orders and in a troubled period.You cannot know whither you are going or what you are to do.But why not take the Pilot on board who knows the nature of your sealed orders from the outset,and who will shape your entire voyage accordingly?He knows the shoals and the sandbanks, the rocks and the reefs,He will steer you safely into that celestial harbor where your anchor will be cast for eternity.Let His mighty nail-pierced hands hold the wheel, and you will be safe.
... Peter Marshall (1902-1949), John Doe, Disciple: sermons for the young in spirit, McGraw-Hill, 1963, p. 37
(see the book; see also Ps. 32:8; Gen. 12:1; Ps. 23:2-3; 25:4-5,8; 107:30; 119:105; Isa. 42:16; 48:17-18; Matt. 8:24-27; John 10:3-4; 16:13; more at Eternity, Jesus, Knowledge, Safety, Voyage)
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Commemoration of Aiden Wilson Tozer, Spiritual Writer, 1963
We get our moral bearings by looking at God. We must begin with God. We are right when, and only when, we stand in a right position relative to God, and we are wrong so far and so long as we stand in any other position.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God , Christian Publications, 1982, p. 95
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:24; 12:50; Heb. 12:1-2; Rev. 22:14; more at God, Knowing God, Morality, Wrong)
Friday, May 13, 2022
If you serve Christ, He will be content with nothing less than the whole of you. The service means taking up the Cross; being hard where others find it easy, being regarded by some as unintelligent, by others as bigoted, by others as uncharitable—for Christ’s lordship is intolerant. We are His sworn men and owe Him “life and limb and earthly worship” and service against all other lords; and we cannot reduce our faith into mere commonplace morals or respectable citizenship.
... John Neville Figgis (1866-1919), The Gospel and Human Needs, London: Longman’s, Green & Co., 1911, p. 153
(see the book; see also Luke 6:22-23; Matt. 5:11-12; 7:13-14; 10:21-23; 24:9-10; Mark 13:11-13; John 15:18-19; 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 4:8-12; more at Affliction, Christ, Cross, Faith, Life, Morality, Service, Worship)
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Feast of Matthias the Apostle
O Thou whose tender mercies are over all Thy works, humbly and sorrowfully I crave Thy forgiveness for the sins of this day;For every weakening and defiling thought to which my mind has given harbour;For every word spoken in hastiness or passion;For every failure of self-control;For every stumbling-block which by deed or example I have set in another’s way;For every opportunity lost;For every blessing thanklessly received;For loitering feet and procrastinating will;For this ...And this ...And this ...And grant that, as the days go by, Thy Spirit may more and more rule in my heart, giving me victory over these and all other sinful ways.
... John Baillie (1886-1960) & Donald M. Baillie (1887-1954), A Diary of Private Prayer, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939, p. 23
(see the book; see also Rom. 14:13; Luke 3:3; 17:12-19; 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 9:25; Phil. 4:6; 2 Pet. 1:5-6; 1 John 1:9; more at Confession, Failure, Forgiveness, Holy Spirit, Humility, Mercy, Prayers, Self-control)
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945
O Christ, our joy, to Whom is giv’nA throne o’er all the thrones of Heav’n,In Thee, Whose hand all things obey,The world’s vain pleasures pass away.
So, suppliants here, we seek to winThy pardon for Thy people’s sin,That, by Thine all-prevailing grace,Uplifted, we may seek Thy face.
And when, all Heav’n beneath Thee bowed,Thou com’st to judgment throned in cloud,Then from our guilt wash out the stainAnd give us our lost crowns again.
Be Thou our joy and strong defense,Who art our future recompense:So shall the light that springs from TheeBe ours through all eternity.
O risen Christ, ascended Lord,All praise to Thee let earth accord,Who art, while endless ages run,With Father and with Spirit One.
... Laurence Housman (1865-1959), translated from 13th c. Latin verses
(see the book; see also Luke 21:27; Ps. 2:6-9; 32:1-2; Matt. 19:28; John 1:4; Phil. 2:9-11; Rev. 7:14; more at Christ, Eternity, Forgiveness, Grace, Heaven, Judgment, Light, Prayers, Sin, Vanity)
Monday, May 16, 2022
Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means—the only complete realist.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Mere Christianity, New York: MacMillan, 1952, reprint, HarperCollins, 2001, p. 142
(see the book; see also Heb. 4:14-15; John 8:46; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26; 1 Pet. 2:22; 1 John 3:5; more at Christ, Evil, Fight, Goodness, Knowledge, Life, Man, Strength, Temptation)
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
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 Acts 16:31-34; Ps. 119:111; Isa. 35:1-2; Matt. 13:44; Acts 8:5-8, 38-39; 13:52; Phil. 4:4; more at Attitudes, Dullness, Goodness, Jesus, Life, Morality, Tidings, Today)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
If God is not, then the existence of all that is beautiful and in any sense good, is but the accidental and ineffective by-product of blindly swirling atoms, or of the equally unpurposeful, though more conceptually complicated, mechanisms of present-day physics. A man may well believe that this dreadful thing is true. But only the fool will say in his heart that he is glad that it is true. For to wish there should be no God is to wish that the things which we love and strive to realize and make permanent, should be only temporary and doomed to frustration and destruction. If life and its fulfilments are good, why should one rejoice at the news that God is dead and that there is nothing in the whole world except our frail and perishable selves that is concerned with anything that matters?
... William Pepperell Montague (1873-1953), Belief Unbound, Yale University Press, 1931, p. 66-67
(see the book; see also Job 12:7-9; Ps. 14:1; Matt. 11:16-19; Luke 16:31; Rom. 1:18-20; Eph. 2:11-13; more at Beauty, Blindness, Doom, Existence, Frustration, God, God is dead, Goodness, Impermanence)
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
Consecrated brethren, we who keep our confidence,We who learn from Jesus the obedience of our Lord,We are house and household for the coming Prince of Glory,Holding fast our hope in full reliance on His Word.
... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985)
(see the book; see also Heb. 3:1-6; Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Tim. 3:15; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; more at Confidence, Consecration, Hope, Jesus, Kingdom, Obedience)
Friday, May 20, 2022
Western European civilization has witnessed a sort of atomizing process, in which the individual is more and more set free from his natural setting in family and neighborhood, and becomes a sort of replaceable unit in the social machine, His nearest neighbors may not even know his name. He is free to move from place to place, from job to job, from acquaintance to acquaintance, and—if he has attained a high degree of emancipation—from wife to wife. He is in every context a more and more anonymous and replaceable part, the perfect incarnation of the rationalist conception of man. Wherever western civilization has spread in the past one hundred years, it has carried this atomizing process with it. Its characteristic product in Calcutta, Shanghai, or Johannesburg, is the modern city into which myriads of human beings, loosened from their old ties in village or tribe or caste, like grains of sand fretted by water from an ancient block of sandstone, are ceaselessly churned around in the whirlpool of the city—anonymous, identical, replaceable units.In such a situation, it is natural that men should long for some sort of real community, for men cannot be human without it. It is especially natural that Christians should reach out after that part of Christian doctrine which speaks of the true, God-given community, the Church of Jesus Christ. We have witnessed the appalling results of trying to go back to some sort of primitive collectivity based on the total control of the individual, down to the depths of his spirit, by an all-powerful group. Yet we know that we cannot condemn this solution to the problem of man’s loneliness if we have no other to offer. It is natural that men should ask with a greater eagerness than ever before, such questions as these: “Is there in truth a family of God on earth to which I can belong, a place where all men can be truly at home? If so, where is it to be found, what are its marks, and how is it related to, and distinguished from, the known communities of family, nation, and culture? What are its boundaries, its structure, its terms of membership? And how comes it that those who claim to be the spokesmen of that one holy fellowship are themselves at war with one another as to the fundamentals of its nature, and unable to agree to live together in unity and concord?” The breakdown of Christendom has forced such questions as these to the front. I think that there is no more urgent theological task than to try to give them plain and credible answers.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, London, SCM Press, 1953, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 13
(see the book; see also Col. 4:6; Ps. 127:1; Rom. 14:19; Phil. 1:27; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; more at Christ, Church, Community, Fellowship, Historical, Loneliness, Neighbor, Question, Social, Task, Theology)
Saturday, May 21, 2022
Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to Him and mind the present.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I , London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 203
(see the book; see also Matt. 6:26-34; 11:28-30; Luke 12:25-26; Gal. 6:2; more at Burden, Future, Today, Weakness)
Sunday, May 22, 2022
O what a melting consideration is this! That out of His agony comes our victory; out of His condemnation, our justification; out of His pain, our ease; out of His stripes, our healing; out of His gall and vinegar, our honey; out of His curse, our blessing; out of His crown of thorns, our crown of glory; out of His death, our life: if He could not be released, it was that you might. If Pilate gave sentence against Him, it was that the great God might never give sentence against you. If he yielded that it should be with Christ as they required, it was that it might be with our souls as well as we can desire. And therefore, thanks be to God for His unspeakable gifts.
... John Flavel (1628-1691), Serm. XXIV from The Fountain of Life , in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 331
(see the book; see also Rom. 5:6; Isa. 53:5; Luke 23:23-24; 2 Cor. 9:15; more at Blessing, Christ, Condemnation, Death, Gifts, God, Justification, Life, Victory)
Monday, May 23, 2022
Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
It is by no means necessary to salvation to believe that St. Matthew wrote ... the gospel, but only to believe what he wrote.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. IX, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, p. 231
(see the book; see also Matt. 26:54-56; 21:42; 22:31-32; Mark 12:24; 2 Tim. 3:16; more at Authenticity, Belief, Gospel, Salvation)
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788
I could scarcely reconcile myself at first to this strange way of preaching in the fields, of which [Whitfield] set me an example on Sunday; having been all my life (till very lately) so tenacious of every point relating to decency and order, that I should have thought the saving of souls almost a sin, if it had not been done in a church.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), entry for March 29, 1739, Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, v. I, London: J. Kershaw, 1827, p. 177
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 9:19-22; Matt. 5:1-12; Rom. 1:16; 11:13-14; more at Church, Example, Historical, Preach, Salvation, Sin, Soul, Sunday)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709
I speak as a socially concerned evangelical, one who sees that the Gospel is a stick of dynamite in the social structure. We need to proclaim the whole Gospel to the whole man, and this includes relating Christian faith to the whole man, and this includes relating Christian faith to the economic and political areas of life as well as the so-called religious area. At the same time we must beware of combining the Gospel with any social ideology.
... Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010), Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Harper & Row, 1978, p. xi
(see the book; see also Acts 20:26-27; Ex. 23:6; Isa. 1:23; Amos 5:24; Luke 7:29-30; Eph. 1:11; Heb. 6:17; more at Faith, Gospel, Man, Preach, Social)
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954
No doubt the gospel is quite free, as free as the Victoria Cross, which anyone can have who is prepared to face the risks; but it means time, and pains, and concentrating all one’s energies upon a mighty project. You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for one’s leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting... It takes all one’s strength, and all one’s heart, and all one’s mind, and all one’s soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint. This is a business for adventurous spirits; others would shrink out of it. And so Christ had a way of pulling up would-be recruits with sobering and disconcerting questions, of meeting applicants, breathless and panting in their eagerness, by asking them if they really thought they had the grit, the stamina, the gallantry, required. For many, He explained, begin, but quickly become cowed, and slink away, leaving a thing unfinished as a pathetic monument of their own lack of courage and of staying power.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1924, p. 230-231
(see the book; see also Matt. 24:12-13; 7:13-14; 10:22; Mark 4:18-19; 13:13; Luke 18:18-27; 22:31-32; John 8:31-32; 15:4; more at Christ, Christlikeness, Courage, Gospel, Heart, Mind, Pain, Soul, Spirit, Strength)
Friday, May 27, 2022
Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564
Our iniquity and depravity prevent us from enjoying that blessed life which is revealed to all men in the law. Hence the grace of God, which succours us without the assistance of the law, is rendered sweeter; and his mercy, which confers it on us, more amiable; from which we learn that he is never wearied with repeating his blessings and loading us with new favours.
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I , tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, II.vii.7, p.319
(see the book; see also 1 Tim. 1:13-14; Ps. 145:7; Rom. 3:20; 4:14-16; 5:17,20-21; 2 Cor. 3:7-8; more at Blessing, Depravity, God, Grace, Law, Life, Mercy)
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
Original sin is in us, like the beard—we are shaved today and look clean, and have a smooth chin; tomorrow our beard has grown again, nor does it cease growing while we remain on earth. In like manner original sin cannot be extirpated from us as long as we exist. Nevertheless, we are bound to resist it to our utmost strength, and to cut it down unceasingly.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), in The Life of Luther, M. Michelet, London: David Bogue, 1846, p. 267
(see the book; see also Isa. 43:27-28; Ps. 51:2; 90:7-8; Luke 6:45; John 8:34; Rom. 5:12; 6:23; 7:22-24; 14:23; 1 Cor. 15:22; Heb. 12:14; more at Cleanse, Earth, Growth, Sin, Strength)
Sunday, May 29, 2022
The underlying questions are always: What is the Church? What is the Church for? If that is not kept in mind, the lay ministry, about which so much is being said at present, remains on the level of a many-sided activity in which the self-assertion of the laity threatens to be more evident than a new manifestation of the Church in modern society. The responsible participation of the laity in the discharge of the Church’s divine calling is not primarily a matter of idealism and enthusiasm or organizational efficiency, but a new grasp and commitment to the meaning of God’s redemptive purpose with mankind and with the world in the past, the present, and the future: a purpose which has its foundation and inexhaustible content in Christ.
... Hendrik Kraemer (1888-1965), A Theology of the Laity, London: Lutterworth Press, 1958, p. 91
(see the book; see also Eph. 3:8-9; John 6:44-45; 1 Cor. 3:11; more at Attitudes, Call, Christ, Church, Commitment, Contentment, Minister, Purpose, Responsibility, Social)
Monday, May 30, 2022
Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933
God Himself, who is the Author of virtue, shall there [in the city of God] be its reward; for, as there is nothing greater or better, He has promised Himself. What else was meant by His word through the prophet, “I will be your God, and ye shall be my people,” than, I shall be their satisfaction, I shall be all that men honorably desire,—life, and health, and nourishment, and plenty, and glory, and honor, and peace, and all good things? This, too, is the right interpretation of the saying of the apostle, “That God may be all in all.” He shall be the end of our desires who shall be seen without end, loved without cloy, praised without weariness.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), The City of God, v. II, Marcus Dods, ed., as vol. 2 of The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Edinbugh: T & T Clark, 1871, XXII.30, p. 541
(see the book; see also Lev. 26:12; Joel 2:27; 1 Cor. 12:6; 15:28; Col. 3:11; Heb. 11:16; more at City of God, Glory, God, Goodness, Health, Honor, Life, Love, Peace, Praise, Promise, Satisfaction, Virtue)
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
If you have failings, ask God often whether it be His honour and pleasure to take them away from you; for without Him you can do nothing. If he takes them away, thank Him; but if He does not do that, you will bear it no more, however, as the defect of a sin, but as a great trial with which you are to gain merit and practice patience. You should be content, whether or not He accords you His gift.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 39
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 10:13; 15:10; 2 Cor. 12:7-10; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; more at Bearing, Contentment, God, Patience, Sin, Thanksgiving, Trial, Weakness)
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