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If we think that Jesus did not rise, but lives and reigns only in his memories and imaginations, and is not actively and objectively there in the place of power, irrespective of whether he is acknowledged or not, we should give up hope of our own rising, and of Jesus' public return, and admit that the idea of churches and Christians being sustained by the Spirit-giving energy of a living Lord was never more than a pleasing illusion. And, in that case, we ought frankly to affirm that, though the New Testament is an amazing witness to the religious creativity of the human spirit, its actual message is more wrong than right, more misleading than helpful; and we must reconstruct our gospel accordingly. Only a weak, muddled, or cowardly mind will hesitate to do this.
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Feast of Willibrord of York, Archbishop of Utrecht, Apostle of Frisia,
739

Other sins find
their vent in the accomplishment of evil deeds, whereas pride lies in wait
for good deeds, to destroy them.
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Concluding a short series about the early church:


The early Christians... enjoyed the inestimable advantage of believing that the millennium was near, which precluded them from seeking to establish a beneficent regime in this world. In the time at their disposal, it was just not worth while. Perhaps the best hope of reviving the Christian religion would be to convince the Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and other dignitaries likewise, that the world will shortly be coming to an end. A difficult undertaking, I fear, notwithstanding much evidence pointing that way.
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It is hard enough,
even with the best will in the world, to be just. It is hard, under the
pressure of haste, uneasiness, ill-temper, self-complacency, and conceit,
to continue intending justice. Power corrupts; the insolence of office
will creep in. We see it so clearly in our superiors; is it unlikely that
our inferiors see it in us? How many of those who have been over us did
not sometimes (perhaps often) need our forgiveness? Be sure that we likewise
need the forgiveness of those that are under us.
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Commemoration of Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c.862
Commemoration of Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar, Bishop, Peacemaker, 1274

It is necessary
to die, but nobody wants to; you don't want to, but you are going to, willy-nilly.
A hard necessity that is, not to want something which can not be avoided.
If it could be managed, we would much rather not die; we would like to
become like the angels by some other means than death. We have a building
from God, says St. Paul, a home not made with hands, everlasting in heaven.
For indeed we groan, longing to be clothed over with our dwelling from
heaven; provided, though we be found clothed, and not naked. For indeed
we who are in this dwelling place groan, being burdened; in that we do
not wish to be stripped, but to covered over, so that what is mortal may
be swallowed up by life. We want to reach the kingdom of God, but we don't
want to travel by way of death. And yet there stands Necessity saying:
This way, please. Do you hesit
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Verily, we know not what an evil it is to indulge ourselves, and to make an idol of our will... Once I would make much ado, if I saw not the world carved and set in order to my liking; now I am silent, when I see God... is fattening and feeding the children of perdition. I pray God, I may never find my will again.
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Trinity Sunday
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605


I am verily persuaded that the Lord has more Truth yet to break forth out of His holy Word. For my part, I cannot sufficiently bewail the Condition of the Reformed Churches, who are come to a Period in Religion and will go at present no farther than the instruments of their Reformation. The Lutheran can't be drawn to go beyond what Luther saw; and the Calvinists, you see, stick fast where they were left by that great man of God, who yet saw not all things... I beseech you, remember, 'tis an Article of your Church Covenant, that you be ready to receive whatever Truth shall be made known to you from the written Word of God.
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Thou hast made
us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their
rest in thee.
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Pentecost
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

INSCRIPTION FOR A PULPIT
The hungry sheep look up, and are not fed.

The hungry sheep, that crave the living Bread.

Grow few, and lean, and feeble as can be,

When fed not Gospel, but philosophy;

Not Love's eternal story, no, not this,

But apt allusion, keen analysis.

Discourse well framed -- forgot as soon as heard --

Man's thin dilution of the living Word.

O Preacher, leave the rhetorician's arts;

Preach Christ, the Food of hungry human hearts;

Hold fast to science, history, or creed,

But preach the Answer to our human need,

That in this place, at least, it may be said

No hungry sheep looks up and is not fed.
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Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo,
Teacher, 430

But when does flesh
receive the bread which He calls His flesh? The faithful know and receive
the Body of Christ if they labor to be the body of Christ; and they become
the body of Christ if they study to live by the Spirit of Christ: for that
which lives by the Spirit of Christ is the body of Christ.
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Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1274


The end of all my labors has come. All that I have written appears to me as
much straw after the things that have been revealed to me.
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Feast of Thomas the Apostle

We have still much
to learn as to the laws according to which the mind and body act on one
another, and according to which one mind acts on another; but it is certain
that a great part of this mutual action can be reduced to general laws,
and that the more we know of such laws, the greater our power to benefit
others will be. When, through the operation of such laws, surprising events
take place, [we may] cry out, ... Such is the will of God, instead of
setting ourselves to inquire whether it is the will of God to give us power
to bring about or prevent such results; then our conduct is not piety but
sinful laziness.
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A basic principle
in the interpretation of the Bible is that one must first ask what a given
Scripture was intended to mean to the people for whom it was originally
written; only then is the interpreter free to ask what meaning it has for
Christians today. Failure to ask this primary question and to investigate
the historical setting of Scripture have prevented many Christians from
coming to a correct understanding of some parts of the Bible. Nowhere is
this more true than in respect to the last book in the Bible. Here, there
has been a singular lack of appreciation for the historical background
of the book; the book has been interpreted as if it were primarily written
for the day in which the expositor lives (which is usually thought to be
the end time), rather than in terms of what it meant to the first-century
Christians of the Roman province of Asia for whom it was originally written.
This has resulted in all sorts of grotesque and fantastic conclusions of
which the a
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What is Christ's joy in us, but that He deigns to rejoice on our account? And what is our Joy, which He says shall be full, but to have fellowship with Him? He had perfect joy on our account, when He rejoiced in foreknowing and predestinating us; but that joy was not in us, because we did not then exist; it began to be in us, when He called us. And this joy we rightly call our own, this joy wherewith we shall be blessed; which is begun in the faith of them who are born again, and shall be fulfilled in the reward of them who rise again.
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Every time you make a choice, you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And, taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a Heaven creature or into a hellish creature -- either into a creature that is in harmony with God, and with other creatures, and with itself, or else into one that is in a state of war and hatred with God, and with its fellow creatures and with itself. To be the one kind of creature is Heaven: that is, it is joy, and peace, and knowledge, and power. To be the other means madness, horror, idiocy, rage, impotence, and eternal loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.
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Feast of Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c.678

See in the meantime that your faith bringeth forth obedience, and God in due time will cause it to bring forth peace.
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God is not a power or principle or law, but he is a living, creating, communicating person -- a mind who thinks, a heart who feels, a will who acts, whose best name is Father.
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Picture God as saying to you, My son, why is it that day by day you rise,
and pray, and genuflect, and even strike the ground with your forehead, nay
sometimes even shed tears, while you say to Me: 'My Father, give me wealth!'
If I were to give it to you, you would think yourself of some importance,
you would fancy that you had gained something very great. Because you asked
for it, you have it. But take care to make good use of it. Before you had
it, you were humble; now that you have begun to be rich you despise the
poor. What kind of a good is that which only makes you worse? For worse
you are, since you were bad already. And that it would make you worse you
knew not; hence you asked it of Me. I gave it to you, and I proved you; you
have found -- and you have found out! Ask of Me better things than these,
greater things than these. Ask of Me spiritual things. Ask of Me Myself!.
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THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE


Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become 'unity' conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship. Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.
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There are many things which a person can do alone, but being a Christian is not one of them. As the Christian life is, above all things, a state of union with Christ, and of union of his followers with one another, love of the brethren is inseparable from love of God. Resentment toward any human being cannot exist in the same heart with love to God. The personal relationship to Christ can only be realized when one has come to himself as a member of His Body, the Christian fellowship.
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Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099


Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God's promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching
me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the
rock of His promises.
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