Christ, our Light

Quotations for January, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Feast of the Naming & Circumcision of Jesus

I am disposed to say grace upon twenty other occasions in the course of the day besides my dinner. I want a form for setting out upon a pleasant walk, for a moonlight ramble, for a friendly meeting, or a solved problem. Why have we none for books, those spiritual repasts—a grace before Milton—a grace before Shakespeare—a devotional exercise proper to be said before reading [Spenser]?
... Charles Lamb (1775-1834), The Essays of Elia, E. Moxon, 1840, p. 59 (see the book; see also Col. 3:17; Matt. 15:36; Luke 22:19-20; Rom. 8:13; Gal. 5:24; Eph. 5:19-20; more at Book, Devotion, Grace, Humor)

Monday, January 2, 2017
Feast of Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Teachers, 379 & 389
Commemoration of Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Mystic, Staretz, 1833

Do not, as is usually the case, thrust the care of the common weal upon your neighbor; then, as each one in his own thoughts makes light of the matter, all find to their surprise that they have drawn upon themselves through their neglect a personal misfortune.
... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), Saint Basil, the Letters, tr. Roy Joseph Deferrari, Martin Rawson, Patrick McGuire, London: William Heinemann, 1950, p. 169 (see the book; see also Acts 6:1-6; 2 Cor. 8:1-4; Gal. 2:10; Heb. 13:16; 1 John 3:17; more at Historical, Neglect, Neighbor, Unfortunate)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Commemoration of Gladys Aylward, Missionary in China, 1970

I cannot imagine a much greater misfortune for a man, not to say a clergyman, than not to know, or knowing, not to minister to, any of the poor.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood, v. I [1867], London: Strahan & Co., 1873, p. 110-111 (see the book; see also Luke 7:22-23; Isa. 61:1-3; Zeph. 3:12; Luke 4:18-19; Gal. 2:10; Jas. 2:5; more at Church, Minister, Poverty, Unfortunate)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

It is becoming impossible for those who mix at all with their fellow men to believe that the grace of God is distributed denominationally.
... William R. Inge (1860-1954), Outspoken Essays, London: Longmans, Green, 1919, p. 32 (see the book; see also 1 Pet. 4:10; Rom. 12:6-8; 15:27; 1 Cor. 4:7; 12:4-11; 2 Cor. 9:2; Eph. 4:4-6; Heb. 6:10; more at Belief, Church, Grace)

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There is a curious betrayal of the popular estimate of this world and the world to come, in the honour paid to those who cast away life in battle, or sap it slowly in the pursuit of wealth or honours, and the contempt expressed for those who compromise life on behalf of souls, for which Christ died. Whenever, by exertion in any unselfish cause, health is broken, or fortune impaired, or influential friends estranged, the follower of Christ is called an enthusiast, a fanatic, or even more plainly a man of unsettled mind. He may be comforted by remembering that Jesus was said to be beside Himself when teaching and healing left Him not leisure even to eat.
... G. A. Chadwick (1840-1923), The Gospel According to St. Mark, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1891, p. 91-92 (see the book; see also Mark 3:20-27; Isa. 53:4; Matt. 8:17; Mark 6:31; John 4:31-34; 10:19-21; 1 Cor. 1:22-28; more at Comfort, Health, Honor, Jesus, Life, World)

Friday, January 6, 2017

He that is alive may know that he was born, though he know neither the place where nor the time when he was so; and so may he that is spiritually alive, and hath ground of evidence that he is so, that he was born again, though he know neither when, nor where, nor how. And this case is usual in persons of quiet natural tempers, who have had the advantage of education under means of light and grace. God ofttimes, in such persons, begins and carries on the work of his grace insensibly, so that they come to good growth and maturity before they know that they are alive.
... John Owen (1616-1683), An Exposition upon Psalm CXXX [1668], in Works of John Owen, v. VI, New York: R. Carter & Bros., 1851, p. 599 (see the book; see also 2 Pet. 3:18; Ps. 130:4; Mal. 4:2; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:17; Phil. 3:8; Col. 1:10; 1 Pet. 2:2; more at Beginning, God, Goodness, Grace, Growth, Knowledge, Providence)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

God has set in the midst of you, as the ever present witness and figure of heaven, His holy House of Prayer. There it stands, built for no earthly purpose, different in shape, and in all things belonging to it, from earthly habitations; speaking only of heaven, and heavenly uses, and heavenly gifts, and heavenly blessings; the gate of heaven when we are brought into it as little children to Christ;—the gate of heaven, if so God grant us, when we are brought to it, and pass through it the last time on our way to our grave beside it. And here we meet our God.
... R. W. Church (1815-1890), Village Sermons, New York: Macmillan Company, 1897, p. 110-111 (see the book; see also Isa. 56:6-7; Ps. 84:10; 122:1; Isa. 2:3; John 4:23; more at Child, Death, Heaven, Holiness, Prayer, Witness)

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Commemoration of Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming, martyrs, Ecuador, 1956

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
... Jim Elliot (1927-1956), Shadow of the Almighty: the life & testament of Jim Elliot, Elisabeth Elliot, Harper, 1958, p. 108 (see the book; see also Phil. 1:21; Matt. 10:39; Luke 18:29-30; John 3:16; Rom. 8:35-39; 2 Cor. 5:1; Col. 3:4; Rev. 14:13; more at Fool, Mission)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Vain is the chiming of forgotten bells
That the wind sways above a ruined shrine.
Vainer his voice in whom no longer dwells
Hunger that craves immortal Bread and Wine.
Light songs we breathe that perish with our breath
Out of our lips that have not kissed the rod.
They shall not live who have not tasted death.
They only sing who are struck dumb by God.
... Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), Joyce Kilmer: Memoir and Poems, v. I, New York: George H. Doran Company, 1918, p. 211 (see the book; see also Ps. 2:7-12; Matt. 11:4-5; Luke 1:28,59-64,67-79; more at Death, Dumbness, God, Life, Song, Vanity, Worship)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Gospel commission is the key to all problems of church history, large or small. It is the key to the success or failure of the many organisations built up to form the channels of witness to the world. Churches, societies, individuals, ... have concerned themselves with this or that theological problem. They have made worship central instead of the Gospel commission. They have concerned themselves with their relations with the State. They have concentrated on philanthropy and social service. Wherever they have done this and have forgotten the purpose for which the Master has placed them in the world, wherever they have lost the Master’s vision of a perishing humanity, wherever they have become inattentive to the cry of spiritual anguish, the Spirit has passed them by, and when they have persisted He has extinguished the light of their witness. And the pages of church history are strewn with their wreckage. They may have shouted their loyalty to Christ, they may even have suffered for Him. But if once they have forgotten that our Lord combined in a single phrase “for My sake and the Gospel’s,” devotion to Himself and loyalty to His commission, they have lost their influence and sunk into spiritual death.
... B. F. C. Atkinson (1895-1971), Valiant in Fight, London: Inter-Varsity Fellowship of Evangelical Unions, 1937, p. 10 (see the book; see also Mark 8:35-38; Matt. 5:10-12; 19:29; Luke 6:22-23; Acts 9:15-16; 1 Cor. 9:23; 2 Tim. 1:8-11; more at Christ, Church, Devotion, Failure, Forget, Gospel, Historical, Loyalty, Purpose, Success, Theology, Witness, Worship)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Commemoration of Mary Slessor, Missionary in West Africa, 1915

Covetousness, pride, and envy are not three different things, but only three different names for the restless workings of one and the same will or desire...
Wrath, which is a fourth birth from these three, can have no existence till one or all of these three are contradicted, or have something done to them that is contrary to their will...
These four properties generate ... their own torment. They have no outward cause, nor any inward power of altering themselves. And therefore all self or nature must be in this state until some supernatural good comes into it, or gets a birth in it...
Whilst man indeed lives among the vanities of time, his covetousness, envy, pride, and wrath may be in a tolerable state, may help him to a mixture of peace and trouble: they may have at times their gratifications as well as their torments. But when death has put an end to the vanity of all earthly cheats, the soul that is not born again of the Supernatural Word and Spirit of God, must find itself unavoidably devoured, or shut up in its own insatiable, unchangeable, self-tormenting covetousness, envy, pride, and wrath.
... William Law (1686-1761), The Spirit of Love [1752-4], in Works of Rev. William Law, v. VIII, London: G. Moreton, 1893, p. 115-116 (see the book; see also Gal. 5:25-26; John 6:63; Rom. 8:1-2; Gal. 5:16; Phil. 2:1-3; 1 Pet. 5:5; more at Death, Envy, Pride, Selfish, Sin, Vanity)

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Feast of Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
Commemoration of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689

“The clergy,” says Canon Rhymes, “are called to give to the laity the benefit of their theological understanding and so help them to account for and understand the faith which is in them.” But surely there is no point in trying to account for faith: the moment it is accounted for rationally, it is no longer faith. Those whose hearts are filled with the Christian spirit... are best left to proclaim the Gospel in their own words and, above all, through the example of their own lives.
... John Grigg (1924-2001) (see also Philemon 1:4-6; 1 Thess. 1:6-8; 1 Pet. 2:11,12; more at Example, Faith, Gospel, Heart, Historical, Reason, Theology, Understanding)

Friday, January 13, 2017
Feast of Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, Teacher, 367
Commemoration of Kentigern (Mungo), Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde & Cumbria, 603

He took upon Him the flesh in which we have sinned, that by wearing our flesh He might forgive sins; a flesh which He shares with us by wearing it, not by sinning in it. He blotted out through death the sentence of death, that by a new creation of our race in Himself He might sweep away the penalty appointed by the former Law... For Scripture had foretold that He who is God should die; that the victory and triumph of them that trust in Him lay in the fact that He, who is immortal and cannot be overcome by death, was to die that mortals might gain eternity. [Continued tomorrow]
... St. Hilary (ca. 300-367?), On the Trinity, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. IX, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1902, p. 44 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:21,26,53-55; Luke 20:35-36; 2 Tim. 1:10; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 5:5-7; more at Christ, Creation, Death, Eternity, Gospel, Immortality, Scripture, Sin, Victory)

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915

[Continued from yesterday]
In this calm assurance of safety did my soul gladly and hopefully take its rest, and feared so little the interruption of death, that death seemed only a name for eternal life. And the life of this present body was so far from seeming a burden or affliction that it was regarded as children regard their alphabets, sick men their draughts, shipwrecked sailors their swim, young men the training for their profession, future commanders their first campaign; that is, as an endurable submission to present necessities, bearing the promise of a blissful immortality.
... St. Hilary (ca. 300-367?), On the Trinity, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. IX, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1902, p. 44 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 15:26; Isa. 25:7-8; Hos. 13:14; 2 Cor. 4:17-18; Rev. 21:4; more at Assurance, Death, Eternal life, Future, Gospel, Immortality, Rest, Safety)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

True spiritual power of the Christian order is a kind of possessedness. It arises in and flows through a life hid with Christ in God. Its source is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the potency of the Holy Spirit. True spiritual power is the child of two parents: the truth as it is revealed in Jesus and our own experience resulting upon our acceptance of Him and His truth. The objective factor is that whole set of facts and truths, of historic events, and of interpretation of them, which is held by the church and set forth in the Bible. The subjective factor is what happens in the crucible of your life and mine when we accept the set of facts and truths and interpretations, and it begins to work in us.
... Samuel M. Shoemaker (1893-1963), Extraordinary Living for Ordinary Men, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1965, p. 138-139 (see the book; see also Col. 3:3; John 3:16; 4:13-14; 5:24; Rom. 6:8,11; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 7:25; more at Conversion, Experience, Historical, Jesus, Power, Spiritual life, Truth)

Monday, January 16, 2017

God does not die on the day when we cease to believe in a personal deity, but we die on the day when our lives cease to be illuminated by the steady radiance, renewed daily, of a wonder, the source of which is beyond all reason.
... Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961), Markings, tr. Leif Sjöberg & W. H. Auden, (q.v.), New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1964 (post.), p. 56 (see the book; see also Acts 17:26-28; Ps. 36:9; Luke 20:38; John 11:25-26; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; more at Belief, Death, God is dead, Illumination, Life, Reason, Renewal, Wonder)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Feast of Antony of Egypt, Abbot, 356
Commemoration of Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

Many people have a very strangely childish notion, that “praying in the name of Christ” means simply the addition of the words “through Jesus Christ our Lord” at the end of their prayers. But depend upon it, they do not by adding these words, or any words, bring it about that their prayers should be in the name of Christ. To pray in the name of Christ means to pray in such a way as represents Christ. The representative always must speak in the spirit and meaning of those for whom he speaks. If Christ is our representative, that must be because He speaks our wishes, or what we ought to make our wishes; and if we are to pray in the name of Christ, that means that we are, however far off, expressing His wishes and intentions.
... Charles Gore (1853-1932), The Sermon on the Mount [1910], London: John Murray, 1905, p. 132-133 (see the book; see also John 14:13; Matt. 7:5; 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9; John 15:16; 16:23,26-27; 1 John 5:14; more at Christ, Intention, Intercession, Jesus, Prayer, Spirit)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle
Commemoration of Amy Carmichael, Founder of the Dohnavur Fellowship, 1951

One can give without loving, but one cannot love without giving.
... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), attributed (see the book; see also Luke 12:33-34; Matt. 6:1-4; 1 Cor. 13; 2 Cor. 8:7-15; more at Giving, Love)

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095

For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, III.iii.3, p.118 (see the book; see also Matt. 19:16-26; Ps. 49:16-19; Matt. 6:5-6; 13:22; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 12:15-21; 18:18-27; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; more at Eternal life, Journey, Man, Sloth, Worship)

Friday, January 20, 2017
Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349

Some of us have not much time to lose [to begin loving]. Remember, once more, that this is a matter of life or death. I cannot help speaking urgently, for myself, for yourselves. “Whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” That is to say, it is the deliberate verdict of the Lord Jesus that it is better not to have lived than not to love.
... Henry Drummond (1851-1897), “The Greatest Thing in the World”, in Addresses, H. Altemus, 1891, p. 46-47 (see the book; see also Matt. 18:4-7; Mark 9:41; Luke 9:48; 17:1-2; 1 Cor. 13:13; more at Condemnation, Death, God, Jesus, Life, Love)

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Feast of Agnes, Child Martyr at Rome, 304

The valley of the shadow of death holds no darkness for the child of God. There must be light, else there could be no shadow. Jesus is the light. He has overcome death.
... Dwight Lyman Moody (1837-1899) (see also Ps. 23:4; Isa. 25:8; Hos. 13:14; Matt. 4:15-16; Luke 20:36; John 1:9-14; 8:12; 16:33; 1 Cor. 15:26,55; 2 Tim. 1:10; Rev. 21:4; more at Child, Darkness, Death, God, Jesus, Light)

Sunday, January 22, 2017

It was not the pleasant things in the world that came from the devil, and the dreary things from God! It was “sin brought death into the world and all our woe;” * as the sin vanishes, the woe will vanish too. God Himself is the ever-blessed God. He dwells in the light of joy as well as of purity, and instead of becoming more like Him as we become more miserable, and as all the brightness and glory of life are extinguished, we become more like God as our blessedness becomes more complete. The great Christian graces are radiant with happiness. Faith, hope, charity—there is no sadness in them:—and if penitence makes the heart sad, penitence belongs to the sinner, not to the saint.
* from Paradise Lost, book 1, line 3, by John Milton
... Robert W. Dale (1829-1895), Week-day Sermons [1876], London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1888, p. 117-118 (see the book; see also Rom. 5:12-15; Gen. 3:6; Jonah 4:11; Rom. 5:19; 8:22; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1 Pet. 1:7-8; more at Death, Devil, Faith, Glory, God, Grace, Happiness, Hope, Joy, Penitence, Repentance, Saint, Sin, Sinner, World)

Monday, January 23, 2017
Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893

Orthodoxy is, in the Church, very much what prejudice is in the single mind. It is the premature conceit of certainty. It is the treatment of the imperfect as if it were the perfect.
... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Life and letters of Phillips Brooks, v. III, Alexander V. G. Allen, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1901, p. 74 (see the book; see also Matt. 15:1-9; Isa. 60:19-20; 1 Cor. 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:7; Rev. 21:22-23; 22:4-5; more at Church, Perfection, Truth)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Feast of François de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher, 1622

If I want only pure water, what does it matter whether it be brought in a vase of gold or of glass? What is it to me whether the will of God be presented to me in tribulation or consolation, since I desire and seek only the Divine will?
... François de Sales (1567-1622), Maxims and Counsels of St. Francis de Sales, New York: Benziger, 1883, p. 168 (see the book; see also Mark 3:34-35; Matt. 6:33; 7:21; John 7:17; Jas. 1:25; 1 John 2:17; more at Affliction, Consolation, Purity, Water, Weakness, Will of God)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), “Learning in War-Time”, in The Weight of Glory, and other addresses, Macmillan Co., 1949, p. 52 (see the book; see also Matt. 6:34; Lam. 3:22-23; Matt. 6:11,25; John 14:27; 16:33; more at Attitudes, Destiny, Future, God, Knowledge, Life, Time, Trust)

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963

A child kicks his legs rhythmically through excess, not absence, of life. Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, “Do it again;” and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough... It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again,” to the sun; and every evening, “Do it again,” to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.
... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), Orthodoxy, London, New York: John Lane Company, 1909, p. 108-109 (see the book; see also Matt. 10:29-31; Gen. 1:31; Matt. 6:26; 12:11-12; Luke 12:7,24; more at Child, Everlasting, God, Infancy, Life, Providence, Spirit)

Friday, January 27, 2017

The sovereign God wants to be loved for Himself and honored for Himself, but that is only part of what He wants. The other part is that He wants us to know that when we have Him we have everything—we have all the rest.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 8:6; Matt. 6:33; Rom. 8:1,38-39; 1 John 1:3; 2 John 1:9; more at God, Knowing God, Knowledge, Love, Providence)

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Feast of Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher of the Faith, 1274

We have all the reason in the world to believe, that the goodness and justice of God is such, as to make nothing necessary to be believed by any man, which, by the help of due instruction, may not be made sufficiently plain to a common understanding.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. V, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon LXXXVII, p. 38 (see the book; see also Luke 24:27; Ps. 25:8-9,12; Isa. 35:8; Jer. 31:33-34; Mic. 4:2; Luke 8:15; 24:44-45; John 7:17; 8:31-32,47; Rom. 1:19-20; Phil. 3:13-16; more at Belief, Conversion, Goodness, Instruction, Justice, Man, Understanding)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Devotion is not a passing emotion—it is a fixed, enduring habit of mind, permeating the whole life, and shaping every action. It rests upon a conviction that God is the Sole Source of Holiness, and that our part is to lean upon Him and be absolutely guided and governed by Him; and it necessitates an abiding hold on Him, a perpetual habit of listening for His Voice within the heart, as of readiness to obey the dictates of that Voice.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 9 (see the book; see also Rom. 11:16; 12:1-2; Gal. 5:22-25; Phil. 1:9-11; 1 John 5:1-4; 2 John 1:6; Jude 1:21; more at Conviction, Devotion, Holiness, Listening, Mind, Obedience)

Monday, January 30, 2017
Commemoration of Lesslie Newbigin, Bishop, Missionary, Teacher, 1998

We can all call to mind movements which have begun as pure upsurges of fresh spiritual vitality, breaking through and revolting against the hardened structure of the older body, and claiming, in the name of the Spirit, liberty from outward forms and institutions. And we have seen how rapidly they develop their own forms, their own structures of thought, of language, and of organization. It would surely be a very unbiblical view of human nature and history to think—as we so often, in our pagan way, do—that this is just an example of the tendency of all things to slide down from a golden age to an age of iron, to identify the spiritual with the disembodied, and to regard visible structure as equivalent to sin. We must rather recognise here a testimony to the fact that Christianity is, in its very heart and essence, not a disembodied spirituality, but life in a visible fellowship, a life which makes such total claim upon us, and so engages our total powers, that nothing less than the closest and most binding association of men with one another can serve its purpose.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), The Household of God, London, SCM Press, 1953, New York: Friendship Press, 1954, p. 76-77 (see the book; see also Matt. 18:20; 13:45-46; 1 Cor. 12:12,13; Heb. 10:24-25; 1 John 1:7; more at Body of Christ, Church, Fellowship, Gold, Historical, Life, Nature, Purity, Purpose, Sin, Thought)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888

Wherever... thou shalt be, pray secretly within thyself. If thou shalt be far from a house of prayer, give not thyself trouble to seek for one, for thou thyself art a sanctuary designed for prayer. If thou shalt be in bed, or in any other place, pray there; thy temple is there.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Selections from His Letters, Meditations, Sermons, Hymns and Other Writngs, tr. Horatio Grimley, CUP Archive, n.d., p. 194 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 3:16-17; Ps. 3:5; 63:6; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:8; more at Devotion, Prayer, Sanctuary, Temple)


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