Sermons on Our Lord Jesus Christ; And on His Blessed Mother

Sermons on Our Lord Jesus Christ; And on His Blessed Mother

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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. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ... of that cross covers the earth, as the water covers the sea. o But a new generation thinks it necessary to unsheath the sword and light up the faggot, in order to quench at once this rising, as they deem it, superstition. Yet in vain: that cross which a few years before was the badge of ignominy, that cross which the Roman was not allowed even to speak of, --the very name of which was a word excluded from polished conversation, --that cross, upon which none but the slave was doomed to die in the imperial city, becomes the very crowning summit of the diadem of the Caesars. But, in effecting this, in making this change through the whole earth, in bringing all nations into this subjection, what a variety of triumphs were necessary; in how many ways was the world, in its affections, to be mortified, to be annihilated, before it would wear that badge of disgrace. Behold in mind the Christian of those days brought before the tribunal of the emperor. See him asked, with a haughty glance, a look, a tone, and gesture that strike terror into the satellites around that tribunal, "Who art thou, and what art thou?" And the questioned answers not in words, but, as we frequently read in the simple and genuine records of the ancient martyrs, raising his hand, signs his forehead or his entire body with the sign of the cross: and he who sits on the judgment-seat well understands its meaning. It seems to say to him at once, " I am a worshipper, I am a lover of Him who suffered upon the cross, and died on it, to purchase for me infinitely more than thou canst do for me. I spurn the honour, wealth, and station that thou profferest, and I confidently and lovingly cling to this sacred symbol, emblematic though it be, of what you call foolishness, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236891112
  • 9781236891112