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Of Religious Union
RELIGIOUS union has a psychology and a history. To see our way into it, to understand the true conditions of spiritual association, we need to study both. The psychology of the matter is comparatively simple.
Of Inner Discipline
It is by such inner discipline, and by no other process, that we arrive at the perception of the higher truths. Good comes first, truth afterwards. Les grandes pensťes viennent du coeur. The heart knows truths which the reason cannot formulate.
On Being Worldly
ST. JOHN'S text, Love not the world, is one of those master words which are at once an interpretation of life and a direction of it. That such a word should ever have been uttered by a man to men is in itself a portent. It reveals humanity as something greater, stranger, than the wisest of us can understand.
Of Self-Creation
But all this mastery outside is but a small part of man's creative function. Its most wonderful feature is exhibited in the action of it upon himself. To make railways and steam-engines and ships and palaces is no small thing. But all this becomes insignificant in comparison with another work on which he is engaged--that of remaking himself.
The Further Side
HAVE any of our readers been through the clouds and seen them from their upper side ? It is a marvellous experience, of which the balloonist has not the entire monopoly. The spectacle is granted sometimes to the mountaineer.
Dear reader, life is a Royal Path, and to you it shall be a millstone about your neck, or a diadem on your brow. Decide at once upon a noble purpose, then take it up bravely, bear it off joyfully, lay it down triumphantly.
Man And Woman
MAN is boldówoman is beautiful. Man is courageousówoman is timid. Man labors in the fieldówoman at home. Man talks to persuade-woman to please. Man has a daring heartówoman a tender, loving one. Man has powerówoman taste. Man has justice ó woman has mercy. Man has strength woman love; while man combats with the enemy, struggles with the world, woman is waiting to prepare his repast and sweeten his existence.
IT is true to nature, although it be expressed in a figurative form, that a mother is both the morning and the evening star of life. The light of her eye is always the first to rise, and often the last to set upon man's day of trial.
Woe to him who smiles not over a cradle, and weeps not over a tomb. He who has never tried the companionship of a little child, has carelessly passed by one of the greatest pleasures of life, as one passes a rare flower without plucking it or knowing its value. The gleeful laugh of happy children is the best home music, and the graceful figures of childhood are the best statuary.
Much of our early gladness vanishes utterly from our memory; we can never recall the joy with which we laid our heads on our mother's bosom, or rode our father's back in childhood; doubtless that joy is wrought up into our nature as the sunlight of long past mornings is wrought up in the soft mellowness of the apricot.
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