Worth Quoting – Augustine on his preservation through the gifts given to him from God

March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Thanks be to Thee, my joy and my glory and my confidence, my God, thanks be to Thee for thy gifts; but do Thou preserve them to me. For so wilt Thou preserve me, and those things shall be enlarged and perfected which Thou hast given me, and I myself shall be with Thee, since even to be Thou hast given me.” – Augustine (Confessions, Book 1, page 17)

Worth Quoting – Augustine on Separation from God

March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

“…Thy face; Thy face, Lord, will I seek. For darkened affections are removal from thee.” – St. Augustine (Confessions Book 1, page 16)

Thoughts on the fleeting life….

March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

“Minutes turn to days and I wish that I could slow it down…time is a thief I would rob….”
(Lines from the song, “The Heart of the World” by Lady Antebellum)

Worth Quoting – Thoughts on the Christian Lord’s Day

March 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

“By claiming the First Day as their own Christians declare themselves as children of the Father of lights and fellow-heirs with Jesus Christ, a people whom he has delivered from the darkness of sin, falsehood, and death. Forsaking the ignorance of the Gentiles and the blindness of the earthly Israel, they have entered that new Kingdom resting on the everlasting foundations which is ruled by the new law of the Spirit of Life and into which Christ seeks to draw all men.” – The Day of Light: The Biblical & Liturgical Meaning of Sunday, Chapter 3, Page 25, Summary.

Worth Quoting – Thoughts on the Lord’s Day

March 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Lord’s Day is a Christian mystery or, if one prefers, an expression of the one Christian Paschal Mystery. In the full observance of the First Day of the week, we are not only taught the doctrines of creation, redemption, and sanctification, we not only remember them, but we enter into them, or reenter them. We ourselves experience admission to a renewed creation, as a resurrected people in Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the communion of saints, in the foretaste of heaven, as citizens of that blessed country where the river of life flows forever and God wipes away the tears from every eye. – From the Preface of “The Day of Light: The Biblical and Liturgical Meaning of Sunday”

Worth Quoting – Dante on Our Transgressions Waste Us So

April 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Justice of God, ah! Who heaps up so many
New toils and sufferings as I beheld?
And why doth our transgressions waste us so?
As doth the billow there upon Charybdis,
That breaks itself upon that which it encounters,
So here the folk must dance their roundelay.
Here I saw people, more than elsewhere, many,
On one side and the other, with great howls,
Rolling weights forward by main force of chest.
They clashed together, and then at the point
Each one turned backward, rolling retrograde,
Crying, “why keepest?” and, “why squanderest thou?”
Thus they returned along the lurid circle
On either hand unto the opposite point,
Shouting their shameful metre evermore.

(From Dante’s Divine Comedy Chapter 7)

Worth Quoting – John Davenant on Predestination

August 20, 2008 § Leave a comment

1. Predestination is an eternal decree and purpose of God, in time causing effectual grace in all those whom he hath chosen, and by this effectual grace bringing them infallibly unto glory.

2. Predestination being an imminent and eternal act of Divine understanding and will, cannot be conceived of as dependent on any foreseen temporal acts of mans free-will.

3. A prime and eternal cause cannot depend upon the self-same acts which they thereby caused. If therefore predestination be a prime and eternal cause from whence Peter’s faith, repentance and perseverance were derived, his foreseen faith, repentance and perseverance, cannot in any good sense be imagined antecedent cause, merits, conditions or motives unto Divine predestination.

Source: John Davenant Animadversions p. 8&9

John Davenant (A.D. 1572-1641)

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