Christ, our Light

Quotations for October, 2004

Friday, October 1, 2004
Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897

When Paul speaks [II Cor. 3] of our being ministers of the New Testament, he does not refer to books most of which were not yet written, but to the gospel, which he found in the Scripture he possessed. The Jews could only see “Old Testament” in Moses and the prophets, because they were blind. To the spiritual all Scripture is gospel, or New Testament (the Law being the schoolmaster, bringing us to Christ), but to the natural and self righteous, as we ought to know from experience and observation, all Scripture (gospels and epistles included) is Old Testament, or Covenant of Works.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 191 (see the book; see also Gal.3:24-25; Gen. 15:6; Jer. 31:31-34; 32:40; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:25; 2 Cor. 3:6; Heb. 8:6-13; 9:15; 10:16-17; 13:20-21; more at Bible, Gospel, Grace, Minister, Scripture, Self-righteousness, Work)

Saturday, October 2, 2004

I am persuaded that love and humility are the highest attainments in the school of Christ and the brightest evidences that he is indeed our master.
... John Newton (1725-1807), in a letter, 1757, The Works of the Rev. John Newton, v. II, New York: Williams and Whiting, 1810, p. 62 (see the book; see also Ps. 69:32-33; 25:9; Isa. 61:1-3; Matt. 5:5; John 13:34-35; 1 John 2:10; 4:20-21; more at Achievement, Christ, Humility, Jesus, Love, Master, School)

Sunday, October 3, 2004
Commemoration of William Morris, Artist, Writer, 1896
Commemoration of George Kennedy Bell, Bishop of Chichester, Ecumenist, Peacemaker, 1958

The progress of mankind has always depended upon those who, seemingly isolated and powerless in their own day, have seen their vision and remained true to it. In the darkening corridors of time, they preserved integral their vision of the daylight at the end. This is a matter not of calculation but of faith. Our work may be small and its results invisible to us. But we may rest assured it will come to fruition in God’s good time.
... John Ferguson (1921-1989), The Enthronement of Love: Christ the Peacemaker, London: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 1951, p. 102 (see the book; see also 2 Thess. 3:13; Ps. 27:13; Matt. 5:8; Luke 18:1; 2 Cor. 4:1,16; Rev. 2:3; more at Faith, God, Progress, Time, Vision, Work)

Monday, October 4, 2004
Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226

May the fiery and sweet strength of Thy love, I pray Thee, O my Lord, absorb my soul, and make all things under heaven as nothing unto me, that for the love of Thy love I may die, as Thou didst deign to die for love of mine. Amen.
... St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, Paschal Robinson, tr., Dolphin Press, 1906, p. 144 (see the book; see also Rom. 6:8-11; Ex. 3:2; Isa. 6:6-7; Dan. 7:13-14; Matt. 3:11; Luke 3:16; Acts 2:3; 1 Pet. 2:24; 1 John 3:1; more at Death, Fire, Heaven, Love, Prayers, Soul, Strength)

Tuesday, October 5, 2004

The Gospel is not presented to mankind as an argument about religious principles. Nor is it offered as a philosophy of life. Christianity is a witness to certain facts—to events that have happened, to hopes that have been fulfilled, to realities that have been experienced, to a Person who has lived and died and been raised from the dead to reign for ever.
... Massey H. Shepherd, Jr. (1913-1990), Far and Near (see also 1 Cor. 15:14-17; Luke 19:10; Rom. 4:25; 1 Cor. 1:19-24; Col. 2:8; 1 John 4:2-3; 2 John 1:7; more at Argument, Death, Experience, Gospel, Hope, Life, Philosophy, Resurrection, Witness)

Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Feast of William Tyndale, Translator of the Scriptures, Martyr, 1536

God is our true Friend, who always gives us the counsel and comfort we need. Our danger lies in resisting Him; so it is essential that we acquire the habit of hearkening to His voice, of keeping silence within, and listening so as to lose nothing of what He says to us. We know well enough how to keep outward silence, and to hush our spoken words, but we know little of interior silence. It consists in hushing our idle, restless, wandering imagination, in quieting the promptings of our worldly minds, and in suppressing the crowd of unprofitable thoughts which excite and disturb the soul.
... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Selections from Fénelon, ed. Mary Wilder Tileston, Boston: Roberts Bros., 1879, p. 107 (see the book; see also Matt. 12:36-37; 1 Kings 19:11-13; Ps. 85:8; Jer. 23:29; Luke 11:28; Rom. 8:6-7; 10:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 4:12; Jas. 1:18; more at Counsel, Friend, God, Imagination, Knowing God, Restless, Silence, Thought, Worldly)

Thursday, October 7, 2004

God has called us to shine, just as much as Daniel was sent into Babylon to shine. Let no man or woman say that they cannot shine because they have not so much influence as some others may have. What God wants you to do is to use the influence you have. Daniel probably did not have much influence down in Babylon at first, but God soon gave him more because he was faithful and used what he had.
... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), “To the work! To the work!”: Exhortations to Christians, Chicago: F. H. Revell, 1884, p. 139 (see the book; see also Phil. 2:14-16; Pr. 4:18; Isa. 58:8; 60:1-3; Matt. 5:14-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16; 11:33; Rom. 13:12; Eph. 5:8-10; 1 Pet. 2:9; more at Call, Faith, God, Influence, Light, Obedience)

Friday, October 8, 2004

Psalm 126
The Lord can clear the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night;
Make drops of sacred sorrow rise
To rivers of delight.
... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Psalms of David Imitated [1719], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, Ps. 126, p. 254 (see the book; see also Ps. 126:3-6; 46:4; Isa. 60:20; Jer. 31:12-13; Rev. 22:1-2; more at Darkness, Day, God, Joy, Night, Sorrow, Weakness)

Saturday, October 9, 2004
Commemoration of Denys, Bishop of Paris, & his Companions, Martyrs, 258
Commemoration of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, Philosopher, Scientist, 1253

The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. Think for yourself whether much of your sorrow has not arisen from someone speaking slightingly of you. As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal, there will be those who delight to offer affront to your idol. How can you hope to find inward peace?
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948], Christian Publications, 1982, p. 105 (see the book; see also Rom. 8:5-6; Matt. 5:11-12; Rom. 16:17-18; Phil. 3:18-19; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 1 Pet. 2:23; more at Idol, Loyalty, Pride, Self, Self-righteousness, Sin)

Sunday, October 10, 2004
Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644

God is especially present in the hearts of His people, by His Holy Spirit; and indeed the hearts of holy men are temples in the truth of things, and in type and shadow they are heaven itself. For God reigns in the hearts of His servants; there is His Kingdom. The power of grace hath subdued all His enemies; there is His power. They serve Him night and day, and give Him thanks and praise; that is His glory. This is the religion and worship of God in the temple. [Continued tomorrow]
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 24 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 6:19-20; Ps. 91:1-2; 141:1-2; Eph. 2:21-22; Heb. 7:26-28; 9:24; more at Grace, Heart, Holy Spirit, Kingdom, Presence of God, Temple, Worship)

Monday, October 11, 2004
Commemoration of Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675

[Continued from yesterday]
The temple itself is the heart of man, Christ is the high priest, who from thence sends up the incense of prayers, and joins them to His own intercession, and presents all together to His Father; and the Holy Ghost by His dwelling there hath also consecrated it into a temple; and God dwells in our hearts by faith, and Christ by His Spirit, and the Spirit by His purities: so that we are also cabinets of the mysterious Trinity, and what is this short of heaven itself, but as infancy is short of manhood?... The same state of life it is, but not the same age. It is heaven in a looking glass, dark but yet true, representing the beauties of the soul, and the grace of God, and the images of His eternal glory, by the reality of a special presence.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 24 (see the book; see also Heb. 2:17-18; Matt. 28:19-20; 1 Cor. 3:16; 13:12; 2 Cor. 6:16; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; more at Christ, Heart, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Intercession, Prayer, Presence of God, Temple, Trinity)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Commemoration of Wilfrid, Abbot of Ripon, Bishop of York, Missionary, 709
Commemoration of Elizabeth Fry, Prison Reformer, 1845

If God reveal anything to you by any other instrument of His, be as ready to receive it as ever you were to receive any truth by my ministry: for I am verily persuaded, the Lord has more truth yet to break forth out of His holy Word.
... John Robinson (1576?-1625), to the “Mayflower” emigrants, in The History of the Puritans, or Protestant Noncomformists, Daniel Neal, Harper, 1844, vol. 1, p. 269 (see the book; see also 2 Pet. 3:15-16; John 15:26; 16:13-14; Rom. 8:24-25; 1 Cor. 13:12; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Gal. 2:20; Heb. 10:38; 11:1; 1 Pet. 1:8; more at Bible, God, Minister, Revelation, Truth)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066

When night comes, list thy deeds; make plain the way
’Twixt heaven and thee; block it not with delays;
But perfect all before thou sleep’st: then say:
There’s one sun more strung on my bead of days.
What’s good, score up for joy; the bad, well scann’d.
Wash off with tears, and get thy Master’s hand.
... Henry Vaughan (1622-1695), The Poetical Works of Henry Vaughan, Boston: Osgood, 1871, p. 114 (see the book; see also Ps. 4; 26:2-3; 139:23-24; Hag. 1:5-6; 1 Cor. 11:28; 2 Cor. 13:5; 1 John 3:19-22; more at Day, Heaven, Joy, Master, Night, Obedience, Tear)

Thursday, October 14, 2004

It was not dogma that moved the world, but life. Frequently, when rival parties and rival nations fought with one another as to which of two opposed dogmas was the truth, they had been arrayed against one another by more deep-seated and vital causes, and merely inscribed at the last the dogmas on their standards or chose them as watchwords or symbols. We are tired of those elaborate discussions of the fine, wire-drawn, subtle distinctions between sects, and those elaborate discussions of the principles involved in heresies, and we desire to see the real differences in life and conduct receive more attention.
... Sir William M. Ramsay (1851-1939), The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1904, p. 347 (see the book; see also Rev. 2:25-26; Matt. 7:21-23; 12:50; 28:19-20; Luke 6:46; 11:28; 12:47-48; John 13:17; Rom. 2:13; 1 Thes. 5:22; Jas. 1:22; 2:15-19; 1 John 2:3; more at Choices, Conduct, Dogma, Fight, Heresy, Historical, Life, Sect, Truth)

Friday, October 15, 2004
Feast of Teresa of Avila, Mystic, Teacher, 1582

I don’t ask God to bless what I do. I pray He will help me to do what He blesses.
... Robert Pierce (1914-1978), founder and president, World Vision, in a private communication from World Vision (see also Ps. 41:1; Matt. 10:40; 25:34-40; more at Attitudes, Blessing, God, Prayer)

Saturday, October 16, 2004
Commemoration of the Oxford Martyrs, Hugh Latimer, Nicolas Ridley, and Thomas Cranmer, bishops and martyrs, 1555

By the quality of our inner lives I do not mean something characterized by ferocious intensity and strain. I mean rather such a humble and genial devotedness as we find in the most loving of the saints. I mean the quality which makes contagious Christians, makes people catch the love of God from you.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), Concerning the Inner Life, London: Methuen, 1927, p. 12 (see the book; see also Phil. 4:5; Matt. 5:16; John 15:9-10; Col. 3:12; 1 John 4:12; 1 Pet. 3:15-16; Jude 1:21; more at Humility, Love, Mission, Saint, Spiritual life)

Sunday, October 17, 2004
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107

Prayer is not so much the means whereby God’s will is bent to man’s desires, as it is that whereby man’s will is bent to God’s desires... The real end of prayer is not so much to get this or that single desire granted, as to put human life into full and joyful conformity with the will of God.
... Charles H. Brent (1862-1929), With God in the World [1899], London: Longmans Green, 1914, p. 29-30 (see the book; see also Luke 22:42-43; Job 1:20-21; Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 26:39,42; Mark 14:36; Acts 14:23; more at Man, Obedience, Prayer, Will of God)

Monday, October 18, 2004
Feast of Luke the Evangelist

Study universal holiness of life. Your whole usefulness depends on this. Your sermon .. lasts but an hour or two—your life preaches all week. ... If Satan can only make you a covetous minister, or a lover of pleasure, or a lover of praise, or a lover of good eating, he has ruined your ministry for ever. Give yourself to prayer, ... and get your texts, your thoughts, your words, from God.
... Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843), Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Dundee: W. Middleton, 1845, p. 365-366 (see the book; see also Rom. 6:19-22; John 15:16; Gal. 5:22-23; Eph. 5:8-10; Phil. 1:9-11; Col. 1:10-11; more at God, Holiness, Life, Love, Minister, Obedience, Pleasure, Praise, Prayer, Satan, Thought)

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Feast of Henry Martyn, Translator of the Scriptures, Missionary in India & Persia, 1812

The faith of Abraham is reckoned to him for righteousness... To call the faith of a man his righteousness is simply to speak the truth. Was it not righteous in Abraham to obey God? The Jews placed righteousness in keeping all the particulars of the law of Moses: Paul says faith in God was counted righteousness before Moses was born. You may answer, Abraham was unjust in many things, and by no means a righteous man. True; he was not a righteous man in any complete sense; his righteousness would never have satisfied Paul; neither, you may be sure, did it satisfy Abraham; but his faith was nevertheless righteousness, and if it had not been counted to him for righteousness, there would have been falsehood somewhere, for such faith as Abraham’s is righteousness. It was no mere intellectual recognition of the existence of a God, which is consistent with the deepest atheism; it was that faith which is one with action: ‘He went out, not knowing whither he went.’ The very act of believing in God after such fashion that, when the time of action comes, the man will obey God, is the highest act, the deepest, loftiest righteousness of which man is capable, is at the root of all other righteousness, and the spirit of it will work till the man is perfect.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 213-214 (see the book; see also Rom. 4:3; Gen. 12:4-5; 15:6; Rom. 4:18-24; Phil. 3:8-9; more at Action, Atheism, Faith, Obedience, Perfection, Righteousness, Truth)

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

With Thee, ’tis one to behold and to pity. Accordingly, Thy mercy followeth every man so long as he liveth, whithersoever he goeth, even as Thy glance never quitteth any.
... Nicolas of Cusa (1401-1464), The Vision of God [1453], tr., Emma Gurney Salter, London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., 1928, p. 21 (see the book; see also Ps. 121:3-8; 127:1; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 6:26; 10:29-31; 14:14; 15:32; Mark 6:34; Luke 9:10-11; 2 Cor. 8:9; Heb. 2:17; more at Mercy, Pity, Prayers, Providence)

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee.
... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions [397], Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, I.i, p. 1 (see the book; see also Matt. 11:28-30; Ps. 38:4; 116:7; Isa. 55:1-3; 66:2; Jer. 6:16; Mic. 6:6-8; Gal. 5:1; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; Heb. 4:1; more at God, Heart, Prayers, Rest, Restless)

Friday, October 22, 2004

When we propose to ignore in a great man’s teaching those doctrines which it has in common with the thought of his age, we seem to be assuming that the thought of his age was erroneous. When we select for serious consideration those doctrines which “transcend” the thought of his own age and are “for all time,” we are assuming that the thought of our age is correct: for of course by thoughts which transcend the great man’s age we really mean thoughts that agree with ours. Thus I value Shakespeare’s picture of the transformation in old Lear more than I value his views about the divine right of kings, because I agree with Shakespeare that a man can be purified by suffering like Lear, but do not believe that kings (or any other rulers) have divine right in the sense required. When the great man’s views do not seem to us erroneous we do not value them the less for having been shared with his contemporaries. Shakespeare’s disdain for treachery and Christ’s blessing on the poor were not alien to the outlook of their respective periods; but no one wishes to discredit them on that account.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The World’s Last Night [1960], Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2002, p. 96 (see the book; see also Ps. 46:1; Matt. 5:3-11; more at Belief, Blessing, Christ, Church, Suffer, Teach, Thought, Time)

Saturday, October 23, 2004

How did Jesus show his authority? Not by making vast claims for himself, though such claims were implicit. His authority seemed to reside in what he was and what he did rather than in what he specifically claimed to be. Especially in Mark’s Gospel there is an elusive quality about his authority, the mystery of the hidden Messiah. His authority was at the same time most deeply hidden and most clearly expressed by his servanthood... The more the Church in its life shows forth the character of the Servant, the more will its teaching bear the marks of the authority of the Servant.
... Anthony T. Hanson (1916-1991), The Church of the Servant, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 113 (see the book; see also Matt. 20:25-28; Isa. 53:2-12; Matt. 7:28-29; Mark 9:35; 10:42-45; Luke 14:11; 22:25-27; John 13:13-16; Phil. 2:5-8; more at Church, Jesus, Service, Teach)

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Browning ... tells us that what won him for Christ was this, that while others tried to soothe his angry conscience, and kept urging that, really, things were not nearly so bad as he was making out, Christ looked him in the eyes and told him bluntly that he was a desperate sinner, worse, much worse, even than he realized. And that, queerly enough as you might think, the man was not discomfited but heartened. Here at last, he felt, is one who understands and knows the facts. And since His desperate diagnosis is so accurate, may not His optimism also justify itself even in me. Well does He know what is in human nature, and yet, knowing the worst, He has still confident hope.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 90-91 (see the book; see also John 2:25; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 18:11; John 5:41-42; 6:64; Gal. 5:5; Tit. 3:4-7; Heb. 4:13; 1 Pet. 1:3-5; 3:15-16; more at Christ, Confidence, Conscience, Historical, Hope, Knowledge, Optimism, Sinner)

Monday, October 25, 2004
Commemoration of Crispin & Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c.285

If some Christians who have been complaining of their ministers... had said and acted less before men and had applied themselves with all their might to cry to God for their ministers—had, as it were, risen and stormed heaven with their humble, fervent, and incessant prayers for them—they would have been much more in the way of success.
... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Works of Jonathan Edwards, A.M., v. I, London: William Ball., 1839, p. 427 (see the book; see also Col. 4:3-4; Rom. 15:31; 1 Cor. 3:1-5; Eph. 6:18-19; 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1-2; Heb. 13:18; more at Church, Complaint, God, Heaven, Humility, Minister, Prayer)

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Feast of Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899
Commemoration of Cedd, Founding Abbot of Lastingham, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664

A man may be haunted with doubts, and only grow thereby in faith. Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to rouse the honest. They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood... Doubt must precede every deeper assurance; for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Voice of Job”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 241-242 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 5:21; Job 4:13-15; Isa. 40:27-28; John 20:25-29; Rom. 8:18; 1 Pet. 1:6; more at Assurance, Doubt, Faith, God, Understanding)

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

There is no need for peculiar conditions in order to grow in the spiritual life, for the pressure of God’s Spirit is present everywhere and at all times. Our environment itself, our home and our job, is the medium through which we experience His moulding action and His besetting love. It is not Christian to try to get out of our frame, or to separate our outward life from our life of prayer, since both are the creation of one Charity. The third-rate little town in the hills, with its limited social contacts and monotonous manual work, reproves us when we begin to fuss about our opportunities and our scope. And this quality of quietness, ordinariness, simplicity, with which the saving action of God enters history, endures from the beginning to the end.
... Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941), The School of Charity, New York: Longmans, Green, 1934, reprinted, Morehouse Publishing, 1991, p. 46 (see the book; see also 1 Thess. 4:11-12; Ps. 19:7; 119:130; Matt. 11:25; 18:2-3; John 1:46; 2 Cor. 5:9; Phil. 4:11-13; 1 Tim. 6:6-8; Heb. 13:5; 1 Pet. 2:1-3; more at Action, Charity, God, Growth, Historical, Love, Opportunity, Prayer, Spiritual life)

Thursday, October 28, 2004
Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles

Remember, a small light will do a great deal when it is in a very dark place. You put one little tallow candle in the middle of a large hall, and it will give a good deal of light.
... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899), “To the work! To the work!”: Exhortations to Christians, Chicago: F. H. Revell, 1884, p. 139 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:14-15; Pr. 4:18; John 5:35; 12:36; Eph. 5:8-10; Phil. 2:15; 1 Thess. 5:5; more at Darkness, Gospel, Light)

Friday, October 29, 2004
Commemoration of James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa, Martyr in Uganda, 1885

Give me a stout heart to bear my own burdens. Give me a willing heart to bear the burdens of others. Give me a believing heart to cast all burdens upon Thee, O Lord.
... John Baillie (1886-1960) & Donald M. Baillie (1887-1954), A Diary of Private Prayer, New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1939, p. 113 (see the book; see also Gal. 6:1-5; Ps. 55:22; Matt. 11:29; Acts 5:29; Rom. 15:1; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 1 Pet. 2:24; more at Bearing, Belief, Burden, Giving, Heart, Prayers)

Saturday, October 30, 2004
Commemoration of Martin Luther, Teacher, Reformer, 1546

Here is the truly Christian life, here is faith really working by love: when a man applies himself with joy and love to the works of that freest servitude, in which he serves others voluntarily and for nought; himself abundantly satisfied in the fulness and richness of his own faith.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), Treatise on Christian Liberty [1520], p. 47 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 4:5; Matt. 20:25-27; Luke 22:25-26; John 13:14-15; Rom. 15:1-2; more at Faith, Life, Love, Obedience, Service, Work)

Sunday, October 31, 2004
Reformation Day

We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Life and letters of Phillips Brooks, v. III, Alexander V. G. Allen, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1901, p. 502 (see the book; see also John 14:12; more at Achievement, Action, Greatness, Obedience)


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