Hours Before the Altar

Hours Before the Altar

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...thou wilt make. Choose between the gift of God and ruin. Choose between the gift of God and slavery. Choose between the gift of God and barbarism. O world! O world! wilt thou never be led to know, to prefer, to taste the gifts of God? THE HIDDEN GOD. Vere tu es Deus abseonditus, Deua Salvator. Verily thou art a hidden God, 0 God Saviour 1--Isaiah xlv. 15. I. Among the mysteries of Christianity there is one more obscure, perhaps, than all the others, and yet the sweetest of them all. We might call it darkness, but it is a splendour of which we may say, "Night shall be my light in my pleasures--Nose illuminatio mea in deliciis meis." We might name it impenetrable silence, and yet of it it is written, "How sweet are Thy words to my palate! more than honey to my mouth--Quam dulcia faucibus meis eloquia tua, super mel ore rneo" We might deem it inaction and death; and it is a life so divine that he who possesses it cries out, "I live now; not I, but Christ liveth in me--Vivo jam, non ego; vivit veto in me C'hristut.'X This mystery our hearts have divined and named; it is the holy Eucharist; it was of this mystery of love that Isaiah said, "Thou art truly a hidden God, O God Saviour!--Vere tu es Deus absconditus, Deus Salvator.' But the more it seems that this God of love seeks to conceal from us His glory, the more I endeavour to penetrate the mystery where so much sweetness is hidden; the more the Eucharist is obscure, the more I love to surround it with sparkling lights, with beauteous flowers, with precious metals: the silence of the Euoharist moves me to encompass it with joyous canticles; and this secret of my faith prompts my love to reveal it to every heart. Ps. cxxxviii. ii. t Ps. cxviii. 103. I Gal. il....show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236836472
  • 9781236836472