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Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Some followers of the Rev. R. J. Campbell, in their almost too fastidious spirituality, admit divine sinlessness, which they cannnot see even in their dreams. But they essentially deny human sin, which they can see in the street. The strongest saints and the strongest sceptics alike took positive evil as the starting-point of their argument. If it be true (as it certainly is) that a man can feel exquisite happiness in skinning a cat, then the religious philosopher can only draw one of two deductions. He must either deny the existence of God, as all atheists do; or he must deny the present union between God and Man, as all Christians do. The new theologians seem to think it a highly rationalistic solution to deny the cat.
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Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525


Who belongs to the Church? Who is my true brother? We cannot always tell whether or not a man believes in Christ; but we can always ask -- Christianity is not a secret society. And if a man says he loves the Lord, why should I not treat him as my brother? If I should happen to welcome one who is only a professing Christian, who has not given his heart to Christ, what harm has it done? I will have offered the love of God to one who rejects it, and I will have given a few hours of my life to an enemy -- but our Father holds out His hands all day long to a rebellious people, and our Savior gave His life for me when I was His enemy.
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Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic,
Teacher, c.1417

I saw full surely
in this and in all, that ere God made us he loved us; which love never
slackened, nor ever shall be. And in this love he hath done all his works;
and in this love he hath made all things profitable to us; and in this
love our life is everlasting. In our making we had beginning; but the love
wherein he made us was in him from without beginning; in which love we
have our beginning. And all this shall we see in God, without end.
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Those who talk of reading the Bible as literature sometimes mean, I think, reading it without attending to the main thing it is about; like reading Burke with no interest in politics, or reading the Aeneid with no interest in Rome... But there is a saner sense in which the Bible -- since it is, after all, literature -- cannot properly be read except as literature, and the different parts of it as the different sorts of literature they are. Most emphatically, the Psalms must be read as poems -- as lyrics, with all the licenses and all the formalities, the hyperboles, the emotional rather than logical connections, which are proper to lyric poetry... Otherwise we shall miss what is in them and think we see what is not.
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Can we believe
that God ever really modifies His action in response to the suggestions
of men? For infinite wisdom does not need telling what is best, and infinite
goodness needs no urging to do it. But neither does God need any of those
things that are done by finite agents, whether living or inanimate. He
could, if He chose, repair our bodies miraculously without food; or give
us food without the aid of farmers, bakers, and butchers, or knowledge
without the aid of learned men; or convert the heathen without missionaries.
Instead, He allows soils and weather and animals and the muscles, minds,
and wills of men to cooperate in the execution of His will... It is not
really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course
of events than that my other actions should do so. They have not advised
or changed God' s mind -- that is, His overall purpose. But that purpose
will be realized in different ways according to the actions, including
the prayers, of Hi
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Commemoration of Rose of Lima, Contemplative, 1617


Lift up your heart to Him, sometimes even at your meals, and when you are in company; the least little remembrance will always be acceptable to Him. You need not cry very loud; he is nearer to us than we are aware of.
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Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230

Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writer, 1963

The faint, far-off results of those energies which God's creative rapture implanted in matter when He made the worlds are what we now call physical pleasures; and even thus filtered, they are too much for our present management. What would it be to taste at the fountain-head that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies before us. As St. Augustine said, the rapture of the saved soul will flow over into the glorified body. In the light of our present specialized and depraved appetites, we cannot imagine this [torrent of pleasure], and I warn everyone most seriously not to try. But it must be mentioned, to drive out thoughts even more misleading--thoughts that what is saved is a mere ghost, or that the risen body lives in numb insensibility. The body is made for the Lord, and these dismal fancies are wide of the mark.
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Feast of John Vianney, Curè d'Ars, 1859



I am, indeed, far from agreeing with those who think all religious fear barbarous and degrading and demand that it should be banished from the spiritual life. Perfect love, we know, casteth out fear. But so do several other things--ignorance, alcohol, passion presumption, and stupidity. It is very desirable that we should all advance to that perfection of love in which we shall fear no longer; but it is very undesirable, until we have reached that stage, that we should allow any inferior agent to cast out our fear.
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My own idea, for
what it is worth, is that all sadness which is not now either arising from
the repentance of a concrete sin and hastening towards concrete amendment
or restitution, or else arising from pity and hastening towards active
assistance, is simply bad.
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Commemoration of Ini Kopuria, Founder of the Melanesian Brotherhood, 1945


The very strength and facility of the pessimists' case at once poses us a problem. If the universe is so bad, or even half so bad, how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator? Men are fools, perhaps; but hardly so foolish as that. The direct inference from black to white, from evil flower to virtuous root, from senseless work to a workman infinitely wise, staggers belief. The spectacle of the universe as revealed by experience can never have been the ground of religion: it must have always been something in spite of which religion, acquired from a different source, was held.
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Anybody with any
maturity knows that an experienced Christian is more eager to have God
use him than he is to use God for his own ends; but this does not mean
that God is absent from the processes of business and livelihood, nor unconcerned
about them, nor unable to reveal Himself through them. When we begin to
look upon work, business, money, as potential sacraments through which
God can work, we shall make better use of them.
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We must sometimes get away from the Authorized Version, if for no other reason, simply because it is so beautiful and so solemn. Beauty exalts, but beauty also lulls. Early associations endear, but they also confuse. Through that beautiful solemnity, the transporting or horrifying realities of which the Book tells may come to us blunted and disarmed, and we may only sigh with tranquil veneration when we ought to be burning with shame, or struck dumb with terror, or carried out of ourselves by ravishing hopes and adorations.
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Feast of Anselm, Abbot of Le Bec, Archbishop
of Canterbury, Teacher, 1109

O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire Thee with our whole heart; that, so desiring,we
may seek, and seeking find Thee; and so finding Thee may love Thee; and
loving Thee, may hate those sins from which Thou hast redeemed us.
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Feast of Mary Magdalen, Apostle to the Apostles

When our lives are focused on God, awe and wonder lead us to worship God, filling our inner being with a fullness we would never have thought possible. Awe prepares the way in us for the power of God to transform us and this transformation of our inner attitudes can only take place when awe leads us in turn to wonder, admiration, reverence, surrender, and obedience toward God.
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The rejection as
unhistorical of all passages which narrate miracles is sensible if we start
by knowing that the miraculous... never occurs. Now, I do not want here
to discuss whether the miraculous is possible: I only want to point out
that this is a purely philosophical question. Scholars, as scholars, speak
on it with no more authority than anyone else. The canon, If miraculous,
unhistorical, is one they bring to their study of the texts, not one they
have learned from it. If one is speaking of authority, the united authority
of all the Biblical critics in the world counts for nothing. On this they
speak simply as men -- men obviously influenced by, and perhaps insufficiently
critical of, the spirit of the age they grew up in.
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It is becoming impossible for those who mix with their fellow men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.
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Feast of the Conversion of Paul

If I say to you that no one has time to finish, that the longest human life leaves a man, in any branch of learning, a beginner, I shall seem to you to be saying something quite academic and theoretical. You would be surprised if you knew how soon one begins to feel the shortness of the tether: of how many things, even in middle life, we have to say, No time for that, Too late now and Not for me. But Nature herself forbids you [young people] to share that experience. A more Christian attitude, which can be attained at any age, is that of leaving futurity in God's hands. We may as well, for God will certainly retain it whether we leave it to Him or not.
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All God's revelations
are sealed to us until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never
get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash
of light comes. Let God's truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying
into it. Obey God in the thing He is at present showing you, and instantly
the next thing is opened up. We read tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit
when... five minutes of drastic obedience would make things clear as a
sunbeam. We say, I suppose I shall understand these things some day.
You can understand them now: it is not study that does it, but obedience.
The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens up and the profoundest
truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth
about Himself till you obey what you know already. Beware of being wise
and prudent.
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If we once accept
the doctrine of the Incarnation, we must surely be very cautious in suggesting
that any circumstance in the culture of first-century Palestine was a hampering
or distorting influence upon His teaching. Do we suppose that the scene
of God's earthly life was selected at random? -- that some other scene
would have served better?
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Feast of Mary Magdalen, Apostle to the Apostles

The more vigor you need, the more gentleness and kindness you must combine with it. All stiff, harsh goodness is contrary to Jesus.
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Every time the
words contrition or humility drop from the lips of a prophet or psalmist,
Christianity appears.
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