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Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century




In questions of this sort there are two things to be observed. First, that the truth of the Scriptures be inviolably maintained. Secondly, since Scripture doth admit of diverse interpretations, that no one cling to any particular exposition with such pertinacity that, if what he supposed to be the teaching of Scripture should afterward turn out to be clearly false, he should nevertheless still presume to put it forward, lest thereby the sacred Scriptures should be exposed to the derision of unbelievers and the way of salvation should be closed to them.
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Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582



We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.
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At the resurrection the substance of our bodies, however disintegrated, will be united. We must not fear that the omnipotence of God cannot recall all the particles that have been consumed by fire or by beast, or dissolved into dust and ashes, or decomposed into water, or evaporated into air.
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Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373


A man's personality actuates and quickens his whole body. If anyone said it was unsuitable for the man's power to be in the toe, he would be thought silly, because, while granting that a man penetrates and actuates the whole of his body, he denied his presence in the part. Similarly, no one who admits the presence of the Word of God in the universe as a whole should think it unsuitable for a single human body to be by Him actuated and enlightened.
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Our calling is not primarily to be holy women, but to work for God and for others with Him. Our holiness is an effect, not a cause; as long as our eyes are on our own personal whiteness as an end in itself, the thing breaks down. God can do nothing while my interest is in my personal character--He will take care of this if I obey His call. In learning to love God and people as He commanded us to do, obviously your sanctification cannot but come, but not as an end in itself.
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Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951


Joy is not gush: joy is not jolliness. Joy is simply perfect acquiescence in God's will, because the soul delights itself in God himself... rejoice in the will of God, and in nothing else. Bow down your heads and your hearts before God, and let the will, the blessed will of God, be done.
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Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189


It is well to have specifically holy places, and things, and days, for, without these focal points or reminders, the belief that all is holy and big with God will soon dwindle into a mere sentiment. But if these holy places, things, and days cease to remind us, if they obliterate our awareness that all ground is holy and every bush (could we but perceive it) a Burning Bush, then the hallows begin to do harm. Hence both the necessity, and the perennial danger, of religion.
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Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109


Those blessed ones of thine... shall rejoice according as they shall love; and they shall love according as they shall know. How far they will know thee, Lord, then! and how much they will love thee!
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The seven works of bodily mercy be these: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked and the needy, harbour the houseless, comfort the sick, visit prisoners, bury the dead. The seven works of spiritual mercy be these: teach men the truth, counsel men to hold with Christ's law, chastise sinners by moderate reproving in charity, comfort sorrowful men by Christ's passion, forgive wrongs, suffer meekly reproofs for the right of God's law, pray heartily for friend and for foe.


... Middle English Sermons


September 6, 2001
Commemoration of Allen Gardiner, founder of the South American Missionary Society, 1851

Commemoration of Albert Schweitzer, Teacher, Physician, Missionary, 1965



Of the access for us, at any rate, to the spirit of life -- us who were born in Christendom, and are in touch, conscious or unconscious, with Christianity -- this is the true account. Questions over which the churches spend so much labour and time -- questions about the Trinity
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After a trip to
Mexico [in 1984]... I fell ill... The illness was protracted... I suffered
a mild depression... When [an episcopal priest] prayed for my recovery,
I choked up and wept. The only prayer I knew word for word was the Pater
Noster. On that day and in the days after it, I found myself repeating
the Lord's Prayer, again and again, and meaning every word of it. Quite
suddenly, when I was awake one night, a light dawned on me, and I realized
what had happened... After many years of affirming God's existence and
trying to give adequate reasons for that affirmation, I found myself believing
in God.
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How do the words
of the Peaceful Master
become the tirades
of warmonger pastors?
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We will have no
other master but our caprice -- that is to say, our evil self will have
no God, and the foundation of our nature is seditious, impious, refractory,
opposed to and contemptuous of all that tries to rule it, and therefore
contrary to order, ungovernable and negative. It is this foundation which
Christianity calls the natural man. But the savage which is within us,
and constitutes the primitive stuff of us, must be disciplined and civilized
in order to produce a man. And the man must be patiently cultivated to
produce a wise man; and the wise man must be tested and tried if he is
to become righteous, and the righteous man must have substituted the will
of God for his individual will, if he is to become a saint.
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Feast of John, Apostle & Evangelist

The why of natural
law is the living Voice of God immanent in His creation. And this word
of God which brought all worlds into being cannot be understood to mean
the Bible, for it is not a written or printed word at all, but the expression
of the will of God spoken into the structure of all things. This word of
God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality. The
Voice of God is the most powerful force in nature, indeed the only force
in nature, for all energy is here only because the power-filled Word is
being spoken. [Continued].
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Told America is a Christian country! Twain replied
so is hell.
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The world is not divine sport, it is divine destiny. There is a divine meaning of the world, of man, of human persons, of you and me.
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I have this running quandary about Christmas. I get upset about it, because I feel that we American Christians make too much of it, and too little. Too little of it, because we pile all sorts of other things onto it, including some that have only the feeblest connection with the Event it is supposed to commemorate. If God did become a man, in any real sense, it is the most important thing that ever happened. Surely we, who believe it, could well devote one day a year to uninterrupted contemplation of the fact, and let Saturnalia fall on the winter solstice, where it belongs.


On the other hand, we make so much of the actual birth, and forget the things that make it more than just the birth of a baby (though even that is, in Walt Whitman's phrase, miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels) -- more, even, than the birth of the greatest man who ever lived. We forget the promise to Eve of a descendant who will solve the problem of Evil; the promise to Abraham of one by whom all
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Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226



Where there is fear of God to keep the house, the enemy can find no way to enter.
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Feast of Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Order of Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253

Commemoration of John Henry Newman, Priest, Teacher, Tractarian, 1890



We are made for action, and for right action -- for thought, and for true thought. Let us live while we live; let us be alive and doing; let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish. Let us believe what we do not see and know. Let us forestall knowledge by faith. Let us maintain before we have demonstrated. This seeming paradox is the secret of happiness. Why should we be unwilling to go by faith? We do all things in this world by faith in the word of others. By faith only do we know our position in the world, our circumstances, our rights and privileges, our fortunes, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our age, our mortality. Why should Religion be an exception? Why should we be unwilling to use for heavenly objects what we daily use for earthly?
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There is more hid in Christ than we shall ever learn, here or there either;
but they that begin first to inquire will soonest be gladdened with revelation; and with them He will be best pleased, for the slowness of His disciples troubled Him of old. To say that we must wait for the other world, to know the mind of Him who came to this world to give Himself to us, seems to me the foolishness of a worldly and lazy spirit. The Son of God is the teacher of men, giving to them of His Spirit -- that Spirit which manifests the deep things of God, being to a man the mind of Christ. The great heresy of the Church of the present day is unbelief in this Spirit.
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Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258

Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253



This Gospel accords perfectly with the account which St. Paul gives of his preaching in the last address to the Ephesian elders, and it contains all the elements which are to be found in all the sermons and in all the notices of St. Paul's preaching in the Acts, except only the answers to the objections against the Gospel, and the proofs of its truth, which would be manifestly out of place in writing to Christians.
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God is present by love alone. By love alone He is great and glorious. By love alone He liveth and feeleth in other persons. By love alone He enjoyeth all the creatures, by love alone He is pleasing to Himself, by love alone He is rich and blessed. O, why dost not thou by love alone seek to achieve all these, by love alone attain another self, by love alone live in others, by love attain thy glory? The same is shriveled up and buried in a grave that does not love. But that which does love wisely and truly is the joy and end of all the world, the King of Heaven and the friend of God, the shining light and temple of eternity, the brother of Jesus Christ, and one spirit with the Holy Ghost.
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