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Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833


We know that one school of psychology already regards religion as a neurosis. When this particular neurosis becomes inconvenient to the government, what is to hinder the government from proceeding to 'cure' It? Such 'cure' will , of course, be compulsory; but under the humanitarian theory it will not be called by the shocking name of Persecution. No one will blame us for being Christians, no one will hate us, no one revile us. The new Nero will approach us with the silky manners of a doctor, and though all will be in fact {compulsory}, all will go on within the unemotional therapeutic sphere where words like 'right' and 'wrong' , or 'freedom' and 'slavery' are never heard. And thus when the command is given, every prominent Christian in the land may vanish overnight into Institutions for the Treatment of the Ideologically Unsound, and it will rest with the expert gaolers to when (if ever) they are to emerge. But it will n
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Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation

We must not encourage
in ourselves or others any tendency to work up a subjective state which,
if we succeeded, we should describe as faith, with the idea that this
will somehow ensure the granting of our prayer. We have probably all done
this as children. But the state of mind which desperate desire working
on a strong imagination can manufacture is not faith in the Christian sense.
It is a feat of psychological gymnastics.
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Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord


The practical problem of Christian politics is not that of drawing up schemes for a Christian society, but that of living as innocently as we can with unbelieving fellow-subjects under unbelieving rulers who will never be perfectly wise and good and who will sometimes be very wicked and very foolish. And when they are wicked, the Humanitarian theory of punishment will put in their hands a finer instrument of tyranny than wickedness ever had before. For if crime and disease are to be regarded as the same thing, it follows that any state of mind which our masters choose to call 'disease' can be treated as crime, and compulsorily cured. It will be vain to plead that states of mind which displease the government need not always involve moral turpitude and do not therefore always deserve forfeiture of liberty. For our masters will not be using the concepts of Desert and Punishment but those of disease and cure. (Continued tomorrow
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If I crave hungrily to be used to show the way of liberty to a soul in bondage, instead of caring only that it be delivered; if I nurse my disappointment when I fail, instead of asking that another the word of release may be given, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
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Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist


The Present is the point at which Time touches Eternity. Of the present moment -- and of it only -- humans have an experience analogous to the experience which God has of reality as a whole; in it alone, freedom and actuality are offered them. He would therefore have them continually concerned either with Eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present -- either meditating on their eternal union with, or separation from, Himself; or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure.
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Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic, Teacher, 1380


Can we believe that God ever modifies His action in response to the suggestions of man? 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. God, says Pascal, instituted prayer in order to lend to His creatures the dignity of causality. But it is not only prayer; whenever we act at all, He lends us that dignity. It is not really stranger, nor less strange, that my prayers should affect the course of events than that my other
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If... you are ever tempted to think that we modern Western Europeans cannot really be so very bad because we are, comparatively speaking, humane--if, in other words, you think God might be content with us on that ground--ask yourself whether you think God ought to have been content with the cruelty of past ages because they excelled in courage or chastity. You will see at once that this is an impossibility. From considering how the cruelty of our ancestors looks to us, you may get some inkling of how our softness, worldliness, and timidity would have looked to them, and hence how both must look to God.
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THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE


We are very shy nowadays of even mentioning Heaven. We are afraid of the jeer about pie in the sky, and of being told that we are trying to escape from the duty of making a happy world here and now, into dreams of a better world elsewhere. But either there is pie in the sky or there is not. If there is not, then Christianity is false, for this doctrine is woven into its whole fabric. If there is, then this doctrine, like any other, must be faced, whether it is useful at political meetings or no.
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Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915


In the long run, the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is... a question: What are you asking God to do? To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But He has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that that is what He does.
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Feast of Catherine of Siena, Mystic,
Teacher, 1380

It seems to me
to be the best proof of an evangelical disposition, that persons are not
angry when reproached, and have a Christian charity for those that ill
deserve it.
... The Colloquies
of Erasmus




April 30, 1998



Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922

What keeps most
men in Christian countries from being heretics in this sense is that
they do not publicly avow their disbelief: it is in better taste to be
casual about lost beliefs, and a note of wistfulness generally ensures
forgiveness. Obstinacy is rare. Millions do not even know that they deny
essential Christian doctrines: they have never bothered to find out what
the essential doctrines are. In extenuation they may plead that the evasiveness
and the multiplicity of churches create a difficulty; but to be deterred
by this when one's eternal destiny is said to be at stake bespeaks a glaring
lack of seriousness
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Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230

Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis, Spiritual Writer, 1963
Thanksgiving (U.S.)


One man may be so placed that his anger sheds the blood of thousands, and another so placed that, however angry he gets, he will only be laughed at. But the little mark on the soul may be much the same in both. Each has done something to himself which, unless he repents, will make it harder for him to keep out of the rage the next time he is tempted, and will make the rage worse when he does fall into it. Each of them, if he seriously turns to God, can have that twist in the central man straightened out again: each is, in the long run, doomed if he will not.
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Feast of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, Martyr, 1980
Commemoration of Paul Couturier, Priest, Ecumenist, 1953

Continuing
a short series on prayer:
Even if all the things
that people prayed for happened -- which they do not -- this would not
prove what Christians mean by the efficacy of prayer. For prayer is request.
The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or
may not be granted. And if an infinitely wise Being listens to the requests
of finite and foolish creatures, of course He will sometimes grant and
sometimes refuse them. Invariable success in prayer would not prove the
Christian doctrine at all. It would prove something more like magic --
a power in certain human beings to control, or compel, the course of nature.
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Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885



After saying our prayers, we ought to do something to make them come true.
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Commemoration of Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c.230
Commemoration of Clive Staples Lewis,
Spiritual Writer, 1963

What we have been
told is how we men can be drawn into Christ -- can become part of that
wonderful present which the young Prince of the universe wants to offer
to His Father -- that present which is Himself and therefore us in Him.
It is the only thing we were made for. And there are strange, exciting
hints in the Bible that when we are drawn in, a great many other things
in Nature will begin to come right. The bad dream will be over: it will
be morning.
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One mustn't make the Christian life into a punctilious system of law, like the Jewish, for two reasons. (1) It raises scruples when we don't keep the routine. (2) It raises presumption when we do. Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience than keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith.
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Feast of the Holy Cross

If I am afraid
to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should
say, You do not understand, or because I fear to lose my reputation for
kindness; if I put my own good name before the other's highest good, then
I know nothing of Calvary love. If I am content to heal a hurt slightly,
saying peace, peace, where there is no peace; if I forget the poignant
words, Let love be without dissimulation and blunt the edge of truth,
speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary
love.
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I wish they would remember that the charge to Peter was Feed my sheep, not Try experiments on my rats, or even Teach my performing dogs new tricks.
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I believe in Christianity
as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because
by it I see everything else.
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As sure as ever God puts his children in the furnace, he will be in the furnace with them.


... Charles Haddon Spurgeon

August 4, 2000
Feast of John Vianney, Curè d'Ars, 1859



Prayer is not a way of making use of God; prayer is a way of offering ourselves to God in order that He should be able to make use of us. It may be that one of our great faults in prayer is that we talk too much and listen too little. When prayer is at its highest we wait in silence for God's voice to us; we linger in His presence for His peace and His power to flow over us and around us; we lean back in His everlasting arms and feel the serenity of perfect security in Him.


... William Barclay, The Plain Man's Book of Prayers, Introduction


August 5, 2000
Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642



Meanwhile, little people like you and me, if our prayers are sometimes granted, beyond all hope and probability, had better not draw hasty conclusions to our own advantage. If we we
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If... you are ever
tempted to think that we modern Western Europeans cannot really be so very
bad because we are, comparatively speaking, humane -- if, in other words,
you think God might be content with us on that ground -- ask yourself whether
you think God ought to have been content with the cruelty of past ages
because they excelled in courage or chastity. You will see at once that
this is an impossibility. From considering how the cruelty of our ancestors
looks to us, you may get some inkling of how our softness, worldliness,
and timidity would have looked to them, and hence how both must look to
God.
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Continuing a Lenten series on prayer:

I have called my material surroundings a stage set. In this I can act. And you may well say act. For what I call myself (for all practical, everyday purposes) is also a dramatic construction; memories, glimpses in the shavinglass, and snatches of the very fallible activity called introspection, are the principal ingredients. Normally I call this construction me' and the stage set the real world. Now the moment of prayer is for me -- or involves for me as its condition -- the awareness, the reawakened awareness, that this real world and real self are very far from being rock-bottom realities. I cannot, in the flesh, leave the stage, either to go behind the scenes or to take my seat in the pit; but I can remember that these regions exist. And I also remember that my apparent self -- this clown or hero or super -- under his grease-paint is a real person with an off-stage life. The dramatic person could not tread the stage unless he concealed a real
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