Our New Vicar

Our New Vicar

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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. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...of all needless expense, and letting that which is thus saved, not enrich themselves, but flow over into the empty cruse and barrel of the poor. To prayer, to kind offices among the sick, or sorrowful, or destitute, they give themselves specially at such seasons, humbling their hearts by confession of their own unworthiness; and, in the contrast which others' sorrows bring to their joys, finding cause for even deeper humiliation. The use and meaning of such lives are perfectly intelligible. They who lead them, feel their healthfulness; they whose comforts are thus increased, learn, though in a lower way, their value. Such-fast is not to propitiate, nor to convey to the minds of men the idea that God delights in the unmeaning self-inflicted pain of His creatures. But it is an act of sorrow for sins past; and of discipline to invigorate, to renovate, to strengthen, for duties to come. I remember once talking to a very honestminded Romanist on this subject, and putting before him this view of fasting, as sounder and more real than his own. To which, in a moment, his ready Irish wit and tuneful brogue replied, "Ah, shure that's not fasting at all, at all, that's mortifica-a-a-tion." The distinction thus made was a perfectly true one. His fast was no mortification, but that which I pressed upon him, as a true fast, could not fail to be so. All true-hearted men, no matter in what sec-. tion of Christ's Church they may be found, hare, in some way or another, recognized the duty and blessing of a Christian fast. The Presbyterian has it as a part of his appointed system; and I remember long ago to have read with intense interest a tract written, if I mistake not, by the saintly Venn, descriptive of a very holy maidservant in his...show more

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  • Paperback | 60 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 127g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236795849
  • 9781236795847