Christ, our Light

Quotations for May, 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021
Feast of Philip & James, Apostles

In these psalms [34, 5, 22, & 69] we see Jesus to be a person of intense loneliness and deep suffering. We see him as a person of fervent prayer to God—for himself, for his followers, for his enemies. We find the scope of Jesus’ concerns to encompass the entire world and ages. We get a glimpse of his pain over the treatment he received from his fellow Jews, particularly from his betrayer and from the leaders of his nation in their determined opposition to him. In short, we see Jesus to be a person “who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sinning”.
... John R. Cogdell, “The humanity of Jesus Christ, as revealed in certain Psalms”, section VI (see the book; see also Ps. 34:8-9,19-20; 22:1; Luke 22:44; Heb. 4:15; more at Jesus, Loneliness, Pain, People, Prayer, Suffer, Temptation)

Sunday, May 2, 2021
Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373

You know what happens when a portrait that has been painted on a panel becomes obliterated through external stains. The artist does not throw away the panel, but the subject of the portrait has to come and sit for it again, and then the likeness is re-drawn on the same material. Even so was it with the All-holy son of God. He, the Image of the Father, came and dwelt in our midst, in order that he might renew mankind made after Himself, and seek out His lost sheep, even as He says in the Gospel: “I came to seek and to save that which was lost.” This also explains His saying to the Jews: “Except a man be born anew...” He was not referring to a man’s natural birth from his mother, as they thought, but to the re-birth and re-creation of the soul in the Image of God.
... St. Athanasius (293?-373), The Incarnation of the Word of God [4th century], St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1996, XIV, p. 41-42 (see the book; see also Luke 19:10; 5:31-32; John 1:14; 3:3; Rom. 5:6; Gal. 6:15; Tit. 3:5; Heb. 7:25; 1 Pet. 1:23; more at Father, God, Gospel, Man, Renewal, Son)

Monday, May 3, 2021

We desire that the Scripture may speake like it selfe, as in the language of Canaan, that it may bee understood even of the very vulgar.
Many other things we might give thee warning of (gentle Reader) if we had not exceeded the measure of a Preface alreadie. It remaineth, that we commend thee to God, and to the Spirit of his grace, which is able to build further then we can aske or thinke. He removeth the scales from our eyes, the vaile from our hearts, opening our wits that we may understand his word, enlarging our hearts, yea correcting our affections, that we may love it above gold and silver, yea that we may love it to the end.
... Miles Smith (1554-1624), in the preface to The Authorised Version of the English Bible [1611], Cambridge: The University Press, 1909, p. 29 (see the book; see also Luke 24:44-45; Acts 26:17-18; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 5:13-14; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; more at God, Gold, Heart, Holy Spirit, Love, Scripture, Understanding)

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation

To become Christian is in a real sense to become human because nothing dehumanizes more than rebellion against God or humanizes more than reconciliation to God and fellowship with God. But to assert joyfully that salvation includes humanization is not at all the same thing as saying that humanization (rescuing men from the dehumanizing process of modern society) equals salvation.
... John R. W. Stott (1921-2011), Christian Mission in the Modern World, London: Falcon; Downers Grove: IVP, 1975, p. 105 (see the book; see also Mark 7:15; Rom. 8:20-21; Gal. 6:8; 2 Pet. 1:4; 2:10-12; Jas. 3:5-6; more at Equality, Fellowship, God, Reconciliation, Salvation, Social)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Christians seeking social justice have a special responsibility. Much more is required than the bringing of aid to people who are homeless and in need, and contributing to their support.
There are real dangers to be faced. It must never be allowed to appear that charity is dispensed to the unfortunate by superior beings... Much greater care must be taken to identify the giver with those whom he comes to serve.
... A. C. MacInnes (1901-1977), “Social Justice,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 70 (see the book; see also Isa. 59:14-15; 1:15-17; Amos 5:23-24; Zech. 8:16; Matt. 6:1-4; 12:7; Luke 12:33; Acts 2:44-45; Rom. 12:8; 1 John 3:17-18; more at Attitudes, Charity, Justice, Responsibility, Service, Social)

Thursday, May 6, 2021

In today’s world, wracked by terrorism, poverty, lawlessness, disease, and violence, the message of the gospel and the need for Christians who put their faith into action has never been more acute. We, the followers of Jesus Christ, are an integral part of God’s plan for the world—the same world that God loved so much—“that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). In this famous verse we see the depth of God’s love for our world. It was not a passive and sentimental love but rather a dynamic, active, and sacrificial love. For God so loved the world that he acted!
... Richard Stearns, President of World Vision, Inc., Introduction to Faith In Action Study Bible: Living God’s Word in a Changing World [2005] (see also 1 Pet. 1:22-23; Matt. 25:34-40; John 3:16; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; Gal. 6:2; Jas. 2:15-16; 1 John 3:17-18; more at Action, God, Gospel, Love, Mission, Will of God, World)

Friday, May 7, 2021

People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
... D. A. Carson (b. 1946), For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God’s Word, v. II [1999], reprint, Good News Publishers, 2006, Jan. 23 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:7-9; Matt. 5:48; John 15:19; Gal. 5:22-23; Col. 3:5-8; 1 Tim. 6:11-12; 2 Tim. 2:21-22; Heb. 12:10-12; 1 Pet. 1:14-16; 3:10-12; 2 Pet. 3:11-12; 1 John 2:5; more at Disobedience, Faith, Freedom, Holiness, Legalism, Obedience, People, Prayer, Scripture, Self-control, Tolerance)

Saturday, May 8, 2021
Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013

For our soul is so specially loved of Him that is highest, that it overpasseth the knowing of all creatures: that is to say, there is no creature that is made that may [fully] know how much and how sweetly and how tenderly our Maker loveth us.
... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901,, p. 14 (see the book; see also 1 John 3:1; Rom. 5:8-9; Eph. 2:4-5; 1 John 4:7-10,15-16,19; more at God, Knowledge, Love, Soul)

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps, without any design and endeavour on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though “the commandments of God be not grievous,” yet it is fit to let men know, that they are not thus easy.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. I, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon VI, p. 482-483 (see the book; see also 1 John 5:1-4; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 11:28-29; Luke 14:26-30; 2 John 1:6; more at Commandment, Death, God, Happiness, Heaven, Pain, Religion, Weakness)

Monday, May 10, 2021

To me, to whom God hath revealed his Son, in a Gospel, by a Church, there can be no way of salvation, but by applying that Son of God, by that Gospel, in that Church. Nor is there any other foundation for any, nor other name by which any can be saved, but the name of Jesus. But how this foundation is presented, and how this name of Jesus is notified unto them, amongst whom there is no Gospel preached, no Church established, I am not curious in inquiring. I know that God can be as merciful as those tender Fathers present him to be; and I would be as charitable as they are. And therefore, humbly embracing that manifestation of his Son, which he hath afforded me, I leave God, to his unsearchable waies of working upon others, without further inquisition.
... John Donne (1573-1631), Works of John Donne, vol. I, London: John W. Parker, 1839, Sermon XXIV, p. 489 (see the book; see also Acts 15:11; 4:10-12; 13:48; Rom. 2:13-16; 10:12-15; more at Charity, Church, Gospel, Jesus, Mercy, Revelation, Salvation, Tender, Way, Work)

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Thy will be done means more than thy will be borne. No matter what sorrow invades our life, we are still to do God’s will. We shall see afterwards that the sorrow rightly accepted fitted us to do some new duty, or to do our old duty more effectively. “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,” is the right cry in the hour of bewildering grief.
... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 122 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 7:10-11; Ps. 40:8; 1 Sam. 3:10; Matt. 6:9-10; 12:50; Mark 3:35; Luke 22:42-44; John 4:34; Rom. 12:2; 1 Thess. 5:18; more at Duty, God, Grief, Life, Sorrow, Will of God)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Commemoration of Aiden Wilson Tozer, Spiritual Writer, 1963

The presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push in to conscious awareness of His presence. That type of Christianity which happens now to be the vogue knows this Presence only in theory. It fails to stress the Christian’s privilege of present realization. According to its teachings we are in the presence of God positionally, and nothing is said about the need to experience that Presence actually. We are satisfied to rest in our judicial possessions and, for the most part, we bother ourselves very little about the absence of personal experience.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Pursuit of God [1948], Christian Publications, 1982, p. 35 (see the book; see also 1 Sam. 3:10; Ex. 3:4-6; Matt. 28:20; Acts 2:1-4; 17:27-28; Eph. 1:22-23; more at Awareness, Experience, Need, Presence of God, Redemption, Satisfaction)

Thursday, May 13, 2021

In the days of His earthly ministry, only those could speak to him who came where He was. If He was in Galilee, men could not find Him in Jerusalem; if He was in Jerusalem, men could not find Him in Galilee. But His Ascension means that He is perfectly united with God; we are with Him wherever we are present to God; and that is everywhere and always. Because He is “in Heaven” He is everywhere on earth: because He is ascended, He is here now. Our devotion is not to hold us by the empty tomb; it must lift up our hearts to heaven so that we too “in heart and mind thither ascend and with Him continually dwell;” * it must also send us forth into the world to do His will; and these are not two things, but one.
* from the collect for Ascension, Book of Common Prayer, 1662, 1928
... William Temple (1881-1944), Readings in St. John’s Gospel, London: Macmillan, 1939, 1952, p. 382 (see the book; see also John 20:17; Matt. 28:20; Luke 24:1-6; Acts 1:9-11; more at Ascension, Devotion, Heaven, Jesus, Omnipresence, World)

Friday, May 14, 2021
Feast of Matthias the Apostle

When a man was chosen to take the place of Judas, and to be associated with the eleven as a witness of the Resurrection, he was chosen from the men ‘who have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, beginning from the baptism of John unto the day that He was received up from us’. The criticism which would have us believe that from the Resurrection onward the Jesus of history was practically displaced by an ideal Christ of faith is beside the mark. The Christ of faith was the Jesus of history, and no one was regarded as qualified to bear witness to the Christ unless he had had the fullest opportunity of knowing Jesus.
... James Denney (1856-1917), Jesus and the Gospel: Christianity justified in the mind of Christ, New York: Hodder & Stoughton, 1908, p. 14 (see the book; see also John 15:26-27; Ps. 69:25; Acts 1:8,20-22; 4:33; Heb. 2:1-3; more at Baptism, Christ, Faith, Historical, Jesus, Knowledge, Resurrection, Witness)

Saturday, May 15, 2021
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945

The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, I have come to realize, is to feel ourselves to be at home here on earth.
... Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990), Jesus Rediscovered, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969, p. 31 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:1-10; Luke 2:29; John 14:2-3; 1 Cor. 15:46-48; 2 Cor. 4:7; Phil. 1:21-24; 2 Pet. 1:3-5,13-14; more at Attitudes, Earth, Home, In the World, Judgment)

Sunday, May 16, 2021
Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877

Love can forbear, and Love can forgive, ... but Love can never be reconciled to an unlovely object... He can never therefore be reconciled to your sin, because sin itself is incapable of being altered; but He may be reconciled to your person, because that may be restored.
... Thomas Traherne (1637?-1674), Centuries of Meditations, edited and published by Bertram Dobell, in London, 1908, p. 102-103 (see the book; see also Col. 1:19-20; Rom. 3:22-24; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; 1 John 2:1-2; 4:10; more at Forgiveness, Love, Reconciliation, Renewal, Sin)

Monday, May 17, 2021

The perfection of His relation to us swallows up all our imperfections, all our defects, all our evils; for our childhood is born of His fatherhood. That man is perfect in faith who can come to God in the utter dearth of his feelings and his desires, without a glow or an aspiration, with the weight of low thoughts, failures, neglects, and wandering forgetfulness, and say to Him, “Thou art my refuge, because Thou art my home.”
Such a faith will not lead to presumption. The man who can pray such a prayer will know better than another, that God is not mocked; that He is not a man that He should repent; that tears and entreaties will not work on Him to the breach of one of His laws; that for God to give a man because he asked for it that which was not in harmony with His laws of truth and right, would be to damn him—to cast him into the outer darkness.
... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Child in the Midst”, in Unspoken Sermons [First Series], London: A. Strahan, 1867, p. 24-25 (see the book; see also Ps. 91:9-10; Num. 23:19; Mark 9:36-37; Gal. 6:7; more at Faith, Knowing God, Perfection, Prayer)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

God, to redeem us at the deepest portion of our nature—the urge to love and be loved—must reveal His nature in an incredible and impossible way. He must reveal it at a cross. At the cross God wrapped his heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the cross for our redemption.
... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), Conversion, New York: Abingdon Press, 1959, p. 69 (see the book; see also Gal. 6:14; Rom. 1:16-17; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 2:2; Phil. 3:10-11; more at Cross, God, Heart, Love, Redemption, Revelation, Way)

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988

There is, however, very much to be said for my opinion; in the first place this—that no violence ought to be done to the words of God, neither by man, nor by angel, but that, as far as possible, they ought to be kept to their simplest meaning, and not to be taken, unless the circumstances manifestly compel us to do so, out of their grammatical and proper signification, that we may not give our adversaries any opportunity of evading the teaching of the whole Scriptures.
... Martin Luther (1483-1546), The Babylonian Captivity of the Church [1520], 2.25 (see the book; see also Acts 20:27; Mark 13:31; Phil. 2:14-16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19; more at Meaning, Opportunity, Scripture, Simplicity, Teach)

Thursday, May 20, 2021

All that is great on earth is united together; the learned, the wise, the kings. The first write; the second condemn; the last kill. And notwithstanding all these oppositions, these [disciples], simple and weak, resist all these powers, subdue even these kings, these learned men and these sages, and remove idolatry from all the earth. And all this is done by the power which had foretold it.
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #783, p. 277 (see the book; see also Gen. 12:2-3; Ps. 2:1-3; 146:3; John 16:33; Acts 4:24-30; more at Condemnation, Disciple, Earth, Greatness, King, Prophecy, Weakness, Wisdom)

Friday, May 21, 2021
Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330

This, indeed, is probably one of [God’s] motives for creating a dangerous world—a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees... that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means, at the point of highest reality. A chastity or honesty, or mercy, which yields to danger will be chaste or honest or merciful only on conditions. Pilate was merciful till it became risky.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Screwtape Letters, Macmillan, 1944, p. 148 (see the book; see also 2 Tim. 1:7; Matt. 26:69-75; Acts 4:19-20; 5:29; Heb. 13:5-6; 1 John 4:16-18; more at Chastity, Courage, Creation, Danger, God, Mercy, Morality, Virtue, World)

Saturday, May 22, 2021

After all, we were told, our salvation had already been accomplished by the grace of God... It was unkind to speak to men like this, for such a cheap offer could only leave them bewildered and tempt them from the way to which they had been called by Christ. Having laid hold on cheap grace, they were barred forever from the knowledge of costly grace. Deceived and weakened, men felt that they were strong now that they were in possession of this cheap grace—whereas they had in fact lost the power to live the life of discipleship and obedience. The word of cheap grace has been the ruin of more Christians than any commandment of works.
... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), The Cost of Discipleship, Simon and Schuster, 1959, p. 55 (see the book; see also Eph. 2:10; Matt. 5:16; John 14:5; 2 Thess. 3:13; 1 John 5:3-4; 2 John 1:6; more at Disciple, Grace, Life, Obedience, Salvation, Temptation)

Sunday, May 23, 2021
Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century

Tongues of fire from heaven descend
With a mighty rushing wind,
To blow it up and make
A living fire
Of heav’nly charity, and pure desire,
Where they their residence should take.
On the apostles’ sacred heads they sit;
Who now, like beacons, do proclaim and tell
Th’ invasion of the host of hell;
And give men warning to defend
Themselves from the enraged brunt of it.
Lord, let the flames of holy charity,
And all her gifts and graces, slide
Into our hearts, and there abide;
That thus refined, we may soar above
With it unto the element of love,
Even unto thee, dear Spirit,—
And there eternal peace and rest inherit.
... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), from “Festival Hymns”, in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. XV, London: Ogle, Duncan & Co., 1822, p. 89 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 1:5-7; Acts 2:1-4,14-18; 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Jas. 1:17; 1 Pet. 4:10; more at Charity, Fire, Gifts, Heaven, Holy Spirit, Love, Pentecost, Preach, Purity)

Monday, May 24, 2021
Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788

I have thought—I am a creature of a day, passing through life, as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till a few moments hence, I am no more seen! I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing, the way to heaven: how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book! O give me that book! At any price, give me the Book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me.
... John Wesley (1703-1791), preface to The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, v. V, New York: J. & J. Harper, 1826, p. 5 (see the book; see also Isa. 35:8-10; Ps. 1:6; Matt. 7:13-14; Luke 24:27; John 14:6; Eph. 6:17; 2 Tim. 2:15; more at Bible, Book, God, Heaven, Knowledge, Teach, Way)

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709

We are, as God’s “ambassadors,” ... cheerfully and constantly to bear our share of the cost of that work of reconciliation. In all humility, we can say that ... God is in every true Christian “reconciling the world unto Himself.”
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole, London: Highway Press, 1952, p. 43 (see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:18-20; Isa. 52:7; Luke 9:23; 24:46-47; Acts 13:38; 2 Cor. 3:6; Col. 1:19-20; more at Bearing, God, Reconciliation, Share, Work, World)

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954

We can do nothing, we say sometimes, we can only pray. That, we feel, is a terribly precarious second best. So long as we can fuss and work and rush about, so long as we can lend a hand, we have some hope, but if we have to fall back upon God, ah, then things must be critical indeed!
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 75 (see the book; see also John 14:13-14; 16:23-24; Eph. 2:17-18; Heb. 4:16; more at Attitudes, Fall, God, Hope, Prayer, Work)

Thursday, May 27, 2021
Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564

God, in order to remove any obstacle to his love towards us, appointed the method of reconciliation in Christ. There is great force in this word propitiation; for in a manner which cannot be expressed, God, at the very time when he loved us, was hostile to us until reconciled in Christ... The nature of this mystery is to be learned from the first chapter to the Ephesians, where Paul, teaching that we were chosen in Christ, at the same time adds, that we obtained grace in him. How did God begin to embrace with his favour those whom he had loved before the foundation of the world, unless in displaying his love when he was reconciled by the blood of Christ?
... John Calvin (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, v. I [1559], tr. John Allen, Presbyterian Board of Publication and Sabbath-School Work, 1921, II.xvii.2, p. 477-478 (see the book; see also Eph. 2:14-16; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; Eph. 1:6; Col. 1:19-20; 1 John 2:2; 4:10; more at Blood, Christ, God, Grace, Hostility, Love, Reconciliation)

Friday, May 28, 2021
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089

Doubt, rather than faith, is high among the causes of the religious boom. And the church’s response to this current situation will reveal, better than anything else, our faith in God—or our faithlessness. If we churchmen interpret such pervasive doubt as a threat, then we will do as the church has done so often in the past: we will substitute the church for God, and make our church-centered activities into an ersatz kingdom of God. Our faithlessness will be evident in the easy paraphrase of the hard truth of the gospel, and in the lapse from the critical loyalty that God requires of us, into the vague and corrupting sentimentalism that has so marred American Protestantism.
Or the church can interpret the present religious situation as a promise, as God’s recall of His people to a new reformation. Our faithfulness to God-in-Christ will be manifest in the willingness to be honest with ourselves and with the gospel. Then we may view the church, not as an end in itself, but as the point of departure into the world for which the Son of God died.
Which will it be?
... Carl R. Smith & Robert W. Lynn, “Experiment in Suburbia”, in Spiritual Renewal through Personal Groups, John L. Casteel, ed., NY: Association Press, 1957, p. 165-166 (see the book; see also Mark 4:37-41; Prov. 2:3-5; Matt. 28:16-17; Rom. 14:17-18; more at Apologetics, Church, Corruption, Criticism, Doubt, Faith, God, Gospel, Kingdom, Loyalty, Past, Reformation, Truth)

Saturday, May 29, 2021

If we are to love our enemies, we must make our common life a visible exercise and demonstration of that love. If content and thankfulness, if the patient bearing of evil be duties to God, they are the duties of every day, and in every circumstance of our life.
... William Law (1686-1761), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life [1728], London: Methuen, 1899, p. 10 (see the book; see also Matt. 5:43-45; Mark 12:32-33; Luke 6:27-28,35-36; 9:23; Rom. 12:1,14,20; 1 Thess. 4:11-12; more at Contentment, Duty, Enemy, Evil, God, Life, Love, Patience)

Sunday, May 30, 2021
Trinity Sunday
Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933

... the world cares nothing about doctrine. And that is especially true in the second half of the 20th century when, on the basis of their epistemology, men no longer believe even in the possibility of absolute truth. And if we are surrounded by a world which no longer believes in the concept of truth, certainly we cannot expect people to have any interest in whether a man’s doctrine is correct or not.
... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The Mark of the Christian, Inter-Varsity Press, 1976, p. 16 (see the book; see also Isa. 33:11; Jer. 6:16-17; 18:18; John 8:43-45; Gal. 1:6-8; 1 Tim. 4:7,16; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9; 2 Pet. 1:16; more at Belief, Dogma, Man, Truth, World)

Monday, May 31, 2021

If a man is in a rapture, like St. Paul, and becomes aware of some sick person wanting of him just a sup of broth, it seems to me far better of thy charity to forgo thy rapture and serve the needy in a loftier love.
... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 14 (see the book; see also 1 Cor. 13:1; Matt. 5:23-24; 1 Cor. 14:18-19; 2 Cor. 12:2-4; more at Awareness, Charity, Love, Need, Service, Sickness)


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